Teacher Resources

Web sites

The Teacher’s Corner
http://www.theteacherscorner.net/thematicunits/solarsystem.htm#sites
Numerous activities about a variety of space-related topics are listed on this site.

Moon, Stars, Planets, Solar System
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/themes/space.shtml
This site includes activities, suggested children’s books, and links for students and teachers. Activities for many grade levels are listed.

Amazing Space
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/eds/tools/
This site, hosted by the Space Telescope Science Institute, is a resource of tools used to teach about space. Graphic organizers, lithographs, timelines, and fast facts are just some of the features of this site. By clicking on the solar system link of this page, you will find a list of all nine planets. Each link includes fast facts in addition to a “how to use it in the classroom” feature.

Human Space Flight
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/history/
Explore manned space flight on this site, hosted by NASA. Detailed information about specific missions, station programs, and launch programs is provided.

Books

The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets
Author: Fredric W. Taylor
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised and Updated edition, 2002
ISBN: 0521781833
Description: Taylor, who has worked with NASA and the European Space Agency, devotes a chapter to each of the nine planets and other bodies in space. The book includes color pictures from space and captions to explain them.

The NASA Atlas of the Solar System
Author: Ronald Greeley and Raymond Batson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, December 1996
ASIN: 0521561272
Description: This book presents maps of the different bodies of outer space and is written in a readable manner. It gives an overview of all the planets. In the appendix, there are tables and charts that give basic information about the planets and a glossary of terms.

Astronomy Demystified
Author: Stan Gibilisco
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics, 2002
ISBN: 0071384278
Description: This book is a great resource for all the facts about astronomy. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center staff members refer to it often! It includes information about the sun, planets, Earth and just about everything else in the world. There are diagrams, but no color pictures. It is a great informational resource.

Don’t Know Much About Space
Author: Kenneth C. Davis
Publisher: Harper Collins 2001
ISBN: 0064408353
Description: In this book, there are brief explanations about all kinds of interesting topics about space. The book is arranged in questions and answer format so it is perfect for studying up on all of those tough questions students ask.

Our Solar System
Author: Seymour Simon
Publisher: William Morrow, September 1992
ISBN: 0688099920
Description: Aimed towards high school students, this book makes a great resource for classroom research about the solar system.

Rock N Learn Solar System
Author: Melissa and Brad Caudle
Publisher: Rock N Learn, June 1997
ISBN: 1878489607
Description: This book provides songs and rhymes that will help your students remember the order of the planets and facts about each one.

3-D Thrillers! Solar System
Author: Marc Tyler Nobleman
Publisher: Discovery Kids, June 2001
ISBN: 0525464697
Description: We all know kids love 3-D. This book, which comes with 3-D glasses, takes you on a tour of the solar system.

The Everything Kids Space Book: All About Rockets, Moon Landings, Mar, and More Plus Space Activities You Can Do at Home! (Everything Kids Series)
Author: Kathiann M. Kowalski
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation, October 2000
ISBN: 1580623956
Description: While marketed for home use, this book, which has numerous hands on activities, is appropriate for classroom use as well.