Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Solar System

A breakdown of topics related to the solar systems let's little ears not become overwhelmed!

Waxman, Laura Hamilton.
The Solar System.
January 2010.
Lerner Publishing Group.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

By introducing the solar system as a "neighborhood" to the Earth, children will be eager to dive into the learning of such a topic! Once children seem to have grasped a handle on the idea of the solar system, Waxman gradually begins to introduce the different planets in a way that will make sense to children, focusing on the sun being at the center of the universe and then proceeding to make mention of rocky and gassy planets, as well as the smaller, lesser known planets. She then goes on to share with readers how scientists have come to discover the information that was shared throughout the book.

The book is a wonderful resource to use when teaching the Solar System. Not only is it a wealth of information that will be of interest to students, there is also a note to adults about sharing the book with children, as well as a list of vocabulary pertaining to the reading. I don't think that young children (ages 5-10) will be able to hand the book on their own, but they would certainly be able to learn a great deal if sharing it with adults!

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