Explore the Solar System

It seems fitting that this new BTC blog would launch with a post about our wonderful new books about outer space and the solar system.

This past Fall, the BTC received a generous donation from alumna, Dr. Annette Christy (Class of 1964). The donation was designated for non-fiction curriculum materials about the solar system, art, and music. In particular, our books about the solar system, planets, and space travel needed an update.

To determine which titles to select, I found this excellent website with recommendations of exemplary titles about outer space for children. I determined which books the website recommended best fit with the Next Generation Science Standards and the needs of our pre-service teachers doing lesson planning. I was then able to add up-to-date books at a variety of reading levels. I also consulted the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) publications and found some wonderful teaching resources related to exploring the solar system. I am so excited to share these new resources with you. I also want to send a warm thank you to Dr. Christy for her generous support of Booth Library, the Ballenger Teachers Center, and our teacher education program. We would not have been able to accomplish this much needed update without her generosity!

Students and faculty, please come take a look at this wonderful display. Perhaps your next thematic unit can orbit around the solar system! Stay tuned for a future post about the other wonderful materials donated by Dr. Christy.

Here’s a list of our new items on display:

  • Astronomy Lab for Kids: 52 Family-friendly Activities
  • Nichols, Michelle.
  • 520.78 N517as
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  • Comets and Meteors
  • Stiefel, Chana, 1968-
  • 523 St521co
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  • Lives Of Stars
  • Stiefel, Chana, 1968-
  • 523.8 St521Li
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  • Mars: The Red Planet
  • Carney, Elizabeth, 1981-
  • 523.43 C217ma
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  • Next Time You See a Sunset
  • Morgan, Emily R. (Emily Rachel), 1973-
  • 523.3 M8217ne
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  • Next Time You See the Moon
  • Morgan, Emily R. (Emily Rachel), 1973-
  • 523.3 M8217ne
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  • Night Sky Watcher
  • Prinja, Raman, 1961-
  • 520 P9365ni
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  • Our Solar System
  • Simon, Seymour,
  • 523.2 Si55our 2014
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  • Planet Earth
  • Taylor-Butler, Christine.
  • 525 T2127pl
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  • Planet Venus
  • Taylor-Butler, Christine.
  • 523.42 T2127pl
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  • Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers Of Space
  • Walliman, Dominic, Dr.,
  • 520 W157pr
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  • Secrets Of Jupiter
  • Adamson, Thomas K., 1970-
  • 523.45 Ad197se
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  • Secrets Of Mars
  • Radomski, Kassandra,
  • 523.43 R1195se
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  • Secrets Of Mercury
  • Berne, Emma Carlson,
  • 523.41 B4572se
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  • Secrets Of Saturn
  • Radomski, Kassandra,
  • 523.46 R1195se
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  • Secrets Of Uranus
  • Adamson, Thomas K., 1970-
  • 523.47 Ad197se
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  • Secrets Of Venus
  • Berne, Emma Carlson,
  • 523.42 B4572se
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  • Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More
  • Schatz, Dennis,
  • QB46 .S2592 2015
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  • Sun: Energy for Our Solar System
  • Lundgren, Julie K.
  • 520 L9723su
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  • Uncovering Student Ideas in Astronomy: 45 New Formative Assessment Probes
  • Keeley, Page.
  • QB61 .K44 2012
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  • When the Sun Goes Dark
  • Fraknoi, Andrew.
  • 523.78 F8432wh
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Ballenger Teachers Center Top 10

Ballenger Teachers Center Top 10

Here’s a look at the most checked-out items from the library’s Ballenger Teachers Center!

  1. “Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle; 800 C192vh 1987.
  2. “Rainbow Fish,” by Marcus Pfister; translated by J. Alison James; 800 P45ra.
  3. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Floods”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  4. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Droughts”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  5. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Tornadoes”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  6. “Cat in the Hat,” by Dr. Seuss; 800 G277c 1985.
  7. “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” words and pictures by Mo Willems; 800 W667don.
  8. “Waiting is Not Easy!” by Mo Willems; 800 W667wai.
  9. “Green Eggs and Ham,” by Dr. Seuss; 800 G277g 1988.
  10. “Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues,” by Kimberly and James Dean; 800 D3452pb