ERIC Number: ED429603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
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Soaring through the Universe. Astronomy through Children's Literature.
Letwinch, Joanne C.
This publication is a guide to teaching astronomy through the use of mythology and its literature in grades 3-6. The book is divided into the following seven sections: "Introduction"; Chapter 1: "Luna: the Moon"; Chapter 2: "Del Sol: the Sun"; Chapter 3: "The Planets"; Chapter 4: "Star Bright, Star Light"; Chapter 5: "Traveling through Space"; and Chapter 6: "Responding to Literature." A list of the multiple intelligences, three recommended readings, and a lesson plan suggestion are included. Chapters 1-5 are structured so that each can be used individually or in combination with the others, and each contains introductory literature and response activities followed by a sequential process that leads students through the acquisition of basic scientific understanding within each topic. Each chapter contains a bibliography, focusing on myths and folktales, and offers suggestions for combining these stories with math, science, art, music, and the multiple intelligences. Chapter 6 contains general recommendations for responding to literature with which most literary works can be accommodated. An appendix contains contact information for: NASA teacher resource centers; other NASA resources; additional aerospace resources; publications; and equipment resources. Contains an index. (DLS)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Interdisciplinary Approach, Legends, Lesson Plans, Multiple Intelligences, Mythology, Resource Materials, Science Education, Solar System, Space Exploration, Whole Language Approach, Writing Exercises
Teacher Ideas Press, P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, CO 80155-6633; Tel: 800-237-6124 (Toll-Free); Web site: http://www.lu.com/tip ($23).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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