Compare and contrast the things a child can do on a spaceship to the things they do in everyday life
A good launch to a discussion of the space program and careers.
The planet Mercury has highs around 800 °F and lows around -280 °F. Students will learn about Mercury's discovery, physical characteristics, and the environment that supports these extreme temperatures. Blastoff! Series
The United States accelerated the space race in 1958 by forming NASA. Eager readers will learn about the history of NASA and its many manned and unmanned missions. Blastoff! Series
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It is known for its giant spinning storm called the Great Red Spot. Young students will learn all about Jupiter's discovery, storms, moons, and how this giant planet has been explored. Blastoff! Series
Mars is known as the red, rocky planet. It has many volcanoes, including the solar system's largest one. Eager readers will learn about the physical features of Mars and its place in the solar system. Blastoff! Series
The Hubble Telescope travels at 17,500 miles per hour to capture fascinating images of space. Young learners will read about the creation of the Hubble Telescope and the ways we use it to learn more about the universe. Blastoff! Series
Earth is the only planet in the solar system known to support life. Children will explore our home's water, atmosphere, and the diverse land features that make Earth a beautiful place to live! Blastoff! Series
Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun. It takes 165 Earth years to complete a single orbit! Young students will learn about the discovery of Neptune, its moons, and the information gathered by Voyager II, the only space probe to pass by this distant planet. Blastoff! Series
Saturn has the largest and most complex ring system of any planet in the solar system. Young learners will read about Saturn's discovery, its physical traits, and how the sixth planet in the solar system has been explored. Blastoff! Series
Space shuttles bring astronauts into and out of space. Children will learn about the history of space shuttles, the advanced technology onboard, and how these vehicles perform their missions. Blastoff! Series
Astronauts live and work on space stations that orbit Earth. Young readers will read about space station parts, the first space stations, and the International Space Station. Blastoff! Series
The sun radiates light, heat, and energy at the center of the solar system. Eager students will explore how the sun works and its relationship to Earth and the other planets. Blastoff! Series
The planet Uranus has a bright blue-green color because of methane gas in its atmosphere. Young children will learn about the discovery of Uranus, how it has been explored, and why it is tilted on its side! Blastoff! Series
With reflective clouds, Venus appears to be the brightest planet in the night sky. Young students will read about the discovery of Venus, its harsh environment, and the ways it has been explored. Blastoff! Series
Marianne Berkes has a gift for making science fun, and this book is exhibit A. Mother sun and her "family" of planets spin, roll, tilt, blow and whirl around the Sun to the tune of Over in the Meadow. Each of those actions is astronomically correct. For example, Earth is the one that tilts, and that is what creates the seasons. It is also astronomically up-to-date, with Pluto being a dwarf planet. Bright illustrations create an exciting mood, and there is plenty of interesting supplementary information in the back along with tips on related ways to integrate science, art, and literature in the classroom.
Our Sun is the nearest star and the center of our solar system, but there are billions of stars in the universe. Stars spend their lives making energy. They give off light and heat. This book explores what stars are made of, the different types of stars, what the lifespan of a star is, and the different colors and constellations they form. Learn all the facts on these powerful objects that give us so much enjoyment to look at. This book never shined so bright! This book allows students to use observations of the Sun, Moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
Bang! Scientists think the universe started with the Big Bang, an explosion that created the universe about 13.7 billion years ago. The universe is still expanding. Its spreading out faster as it ages. It is everything thats anywhere! Where do you live in it? And what else is out there? This book is out of this world with facts that represent the large space that is our universe. This book will allow students to understand that patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
What has a head, two tails, and shoots across the sky? A comet. Coming from the far edges of the solar system, most comets travel around the Sun, while meteors appear as flashing streaks of light in the night sky. Explore these amazing celestial wonders as they zip through space! The physical characteristics of each are identified in detail. This book wont come crashing down! Its filled with Fun Facts that give additional information on this exciting science topic. This book allows students to use observations of the Sun, Moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
Our solar system is made up of the millions of objects in the sky above us, including the Sun, moon, stars, and planets. This book examines the four planets closest to the Sun, known as the rocky planets. All four planets are described with facts about their atmospheres, landscapes, orbits, and Fun Facts that give additional information about each of these rocky planets! This book will allow students to use observations of the Sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
The four planets farthest from the Sun are called the gas giants. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are different from the other planets in our solar system. They are not solid, but are made of liquids and clouds of gas with gravity pulling it all together into a planet shape. Learn facts about the climate, gases, size, and other quirky things each of these planets possess. This book isnt filled with hot air! Pull out your telescope and see if you can observe one of these planets. This book will allow students to understand that patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
Five and counting! So far, astronomers have discovered five dwarf planets in our solar system. Pluto, which was once thought of as the ninth planet, is today classified as a dwarf planet. This book looks at the dwarf planets characteristics, size, and orbital patterns, as well as the three rules scientists follow to identify these tiny, round space objects. Every day new discoveries are being made. Who knows how many dwarf planets we will find in the future! This book will allow students to understand that patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
Our closest solar system is about 10 light years away. It has two main types of planets. Some are rocky and small, like planet Earth, while others are huge balls of gas, like Jupiter. Astronomers once thought our solar system was the one and only. But now we know of hundreds of solar systems. One may even have a planet like Earth! Just maybe, these alien worlds could host life, like our own amazing planet. This book allows students to use observations of the Sun, Moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
People can see many things in the sky. What can you see when you look at the sky?
Stunning images and simple text take young readers on an incredible journey to the moon, Earth's closest neighbor in space. Readers learn about the moon's phases, features, and other amazing facts.