Exploring Space Travel

by Laura Hamilton Waxman

Book review

Twin Text: Space:

Exploring Space Travel, by Laura Hamilton Waxman

1. Galaxy Zack, Hello, Nebulon, by Ray O’Ryan, 2013.

2. I will be teaching a “Blast Off To Summer” Unit during the first part of May. I thought it would be fun to take the kids outside on a nature walk and pretend that they are astronauts, exploring a new planet. In many ways, that’s how I feel when Spring arrives, everything is NEW! The Galaxy Zack books are really perfect for emerging readers so I was excited to find this series. Students are craving more “big kid-like” books and this one is a nice introduction into. Galaxy Jack is a beginning chapter book, easy to read and yet also has fun little illustrations that I know my 1st-3rd students will love. The book highlights the main character’s experience with space. It includes descriptions of high tech gadgets and “out-of-this-world” experiences that will get my students really excited. The nonfiction selection, Exploring Space Travel, does a great job of taking the complex matter of space travel and sharing it in easy to understand, clear text. The pictures provide solid visuals for students to explore within the classroom, giving them a better idea of what it is like to train for space travel. There is a broad range of information on space that will pair nicely with science lessons, so I see this as a nice complement to classroom instruction. There would be ample opportunities for library/classroom collaboration. In addition, after reading the nonfiction text, it may help us keep our wonderings about space (and aliens) a bit more realistic.

3.The text structure of this book features real life photographs of preparation for, during and after space travel. Each page has a title, picture, text block and additional information box. The words are in easy print. There is just enough information to be helpful but not overwhelming. There is a glossary and an index at the end of the book. Chapter 4 features cause and effect describing how astronauts experience life in space with the weightlessness. Strategy applications: We will use webbing to help brainstorm all the ideas students have about space. We can use the nonfiction book as a way to organize main ideas and categories. We can also implement DR-TA to focus on what is included in spaceflight (before during and after). Older students might enjoy designing and diagraming space suit, like the one shown on p. 21. It might be fun to make a replica out of cardboard, and then have the students match the definitions to it. RAN strategy would be excellent to include with this text set and we can use it as a basis for additional classroom exploration and research.

4. (2011, November 1).School Library Journal

PublisherLerner Publications
Release date 01.08.2011
Pages count40
File size3.7 Mb
eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
Book rating3.33 (3 votes)

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