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This Text Set is all about exploring Outer Space and focuses on the Moon! This page will show case ten texts, three non-fiction, three fiction, three visual/illustrated, and one alternate text which I picked a video from Magic School Bus.
This text set of Outer Space is for second graders. It is intended for students who are at every level of reading. This is an important topic to study because the NGSS have Earth's place in the universe as a main standard that students need to be taught. Plus this is a topic that interests many students. I am hoping that this will encourage student to read about topics that interest them. According to Chip Wood who is the author of Yardsticks, states that children at this age should be read to from books with more complex themes and this text set includes books that talk about landing on the moon and introduces complex themes about what it takes to land on the moon.
The first text is an amazing book called Space Boy and his Dog. The author is Dian Curtis Regan and its illustrated by Robert Neubecker. This book was published by Boyds Mills Press and its ISBN number is 978-1-59078-955-1. It has 32 pages and its genre category is visual/illustrated.
Summary of Text: This story is all about the adventurous Niko and his trip to space. He build a space ship from a box in his backyard and takes it to the moon. He is excited for his trip except for the fact that his sister Posh somehow snuck on his ship even though he told her she could not come! His mission to the moon is to try and find a lost cat. Will Niko find the cat? Will Posh leave him alone? Read Space Boy and His Dog to find out!!
This book helps encourage phonemic awareness in students. A standard that can go along with this text is the RI.2.6 – Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe. and it focuses on reading area of language arts. The objective for this text is that the students will be able to state the major events in this story. This story supports this objective because throughout the story it numbers the major events as the happen. Students can use these to notice the major events and take this skill to other books.
Additional Resources: Dian Curtis Regan wrote a sequel to this story where Niko is back and has to fight off the nasty space pirate. Order it here on amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Space-Pirate-Dian-Curtis-Regan/dp/1590789563/ref=la_B000APY8CG_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491766481&sr=1-4
This is a fantastic book called Sheep Blast Off! It is written by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple. This book was published by Houghton Mifflin Company and its ISBN number is 978-0547520254. This book has 32 pages and its genre category is visual/illustrated.
Summary of Text: Our favorite sheep are back! When a mysterious spacecraft lands in their pasture they go to investigate! They end up in the ship and blasting off into outer space. As they explore space, they find out it is a littler harder than they expected. Thankfully their new alien friend is able to steer the ship home!
Teaching Points: The 5 reading first component that this book addresses is fluency. Because of this the standard that would work well with this book is RF.2.4 – Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. The flow of this book is great for students who want to improve the reading area of the six areas of langue arts. A great learning objective for this story is that the students will be able to read this story fluently to a partner. This book supports this objective because it natural flows and its fun to read. There are not too many challenging words and the rhyming words help with flow as well.
Additional Resources: Here is a youtube video of a read aloud for this book, check it out!
Earth to Stella! is an exciting book written by Simon Puttock and illustrated by Philip Hopman. This book was published by Clarion Books and is ISBN number is 0-681-58534-4. The genre category of this 32 page book is visual/illustrated.
Summary of Text: It is time for Stella to go to bed but she does not want to! So Stella's father tells her he will be up to tell her a bedtime story. But before the bed time story she takes a special trip to outer space! Stella zooms through space stoping on the moon and a undiscovered planet. Will she make it back to earth before her bed time story?
This story will hep students with expanding their vocabulary and learning how to use new words in the right context. A standard that goes with this text is the SL.2.2 – Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media, and it focuses on the listening/viewing portion of the areas of language arts. The objective for the students that goes along with this book is that the students will be able to draw picture of how they think Stella is feeling at a certain time in the story. The book is able to help students with this objective because it uses such great vocabulary and descriptive words that students will be able to create a picture just from hearing the story.
Additional resources: If you would like to purchase this book here is the link to buy it from amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Stella-Simon-Puttock/dp/0618585354
This out of this world book is called Light Up the Night. It is written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. This book was published by Hyperion Books and its ISBN number is 978-1423120247. This book has 40 pages and it's genre category is fiction.
Text Summary: In this story we follow our main character as he explores his universe. We start out exploring outer space and the planets and stars and gradually come back down to earth. Once back on earth our main character helps us explore his town and his own home. In the end we find out that our main characters favorite part of the universe is not outer space or his street but his very own bed!
Teaching Points: This book addresses vocabulary as one of the 5 reading first components. A standard to be used with this book is L.2.4e – Use glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases. This book is great for students to improve their reading are of the six areas of language arts. The objective of this book is that the students will be able to take unfamiliar words from this story and look them up in a dictionary and share what they learned to the class. This book supports this objective because it has many great vocab words that the students can learn about. The teacher can talk about these vocab words before the text is read and have students look them up. Then while reading the teacher should see if the students can find the words in the text!
Additional Resources: Here is a super fun activity to make nesting boxes after reading this story, Check it out! http://jeanreidy.com/2017/02/little-piece-universe-nesting-boxes/
This book is called Moonday! This beautiful book is written and illustrated by Adam Rex. It is published by Disney-Hyperion and its ISBN number is 978-1423119203. This 40 page book is in the fiction genre category.
Text Summary: Moonday is such a a light and airy book to read. This story is all about a little boy who discovers that the Moon is in his backyard! This little boy explores it. The next day he finds out that it is still there because morning had missed them. The little boy watches the moon all the next day because it is still around. Finally that nigh the moon finally returned to its rightful place high up in the sky and it was a good night for everyone.
Teaching Points: This book addresses the Comprehension area of the 5 reading First components. The standard I would use for this book is RL.2.5 – Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action. This book addresses the critical thinking area of the six areas of language arts. An objective for this book would be that the students will be able to make a chart of the main points of the story. This book will support the students in accomplishing this objective because it does a great job of showcasing how the story is introduced and how the ending concludes the action of the story.
Additional Resources: Here is a trailer of the book that you can show your students!
This dreamy book is called Moonball! It is written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Greg Couch. This book was published by Simon & Schuster Books and its ISBN number is 978-0689810954. It has 40 pages and its in the fiction genre category.
Text Summary: All Danny wants to do is hit the baseball, but lately he has had no luck. One night he finds himself playing baseball with the stars, no really the actual stars, Orion, Dipper, the Gemini twins, and Rigel just to name a few. Danny is nervous that he will once again strike out but he hopes that maybe playing in this outer space game will give him the select to hitting the ball. He gains confidence and hits the ball!! He got a home run!
Teaching Points: This text does a great job at addressing the phonemic awareness area of the 5 first reading components. A standard for this text would be RF.2.3 – Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. This book also addresses the reading area of the six areas of language arts. The objective for these students is that the students will be able to apply their phonics skills to decode new words in the book. This book supports this because it is full of opportunities for students to decode new words.
Additional Resources: Purchase this book here on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/MoonBall-Jane-Yolen/dp/0689810954
This book is called One Giant Leap! It is written by Robert Burleigh and the paintings are by Mike Wimmer. This book was published by Philomela Books and its ISBN number is 978-0147511652. This book has 40 pages and it in the genre category of non-fiction.
Text Summary: Only July 29, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did the seemingly impossible. They traveled 240,000 miles through space and set foot on the moon. One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind. This story tells us about the actual landing on the moon but also all the events leading up to the landing. Read this book to find out all the details to this amazing story!
Teaching Points: This book addresses comprehension out of the 5 Reading fFirst components. A standard for this book is RI.2.1 – Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. This book addresses critical thinking as one of the six areas of language. An objective that can students will have with this book is that the students will be able to identify the who of the book. This book helps students meet the objective because it states specifically the who, what, when, where, and why of the moon landing. It is a great example for students to use.
Additional Resources: Here is a video of The actual video footage of the moon landing!
This great book is Max Goes to the Space Station! A Science Adventure with Max the Dog. This book was written by Jeffrey Bennett and Illustrated by Michael Carroll. It was published by Big Kid Science and its ISBN number is 978-1937548285. This book has 32 pages and is in the non-fiction genre category.
Text Summary: This fantastic story follows Max on his trip to the International Space Station. Max shares in the adventures of astronaut life and gets shown the ropes of what it is like to live on the international space station. Max even helps save everyone from a potential disaster along the way! Read this book to find out what an astronaut life is really like!
Teaching Points: This book addresses the vocabulary component of the 5 Reading First components. A standard that would go along with this book is RI.2.5 – Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently. The one area of the six areas of language arts that this text addresses is listening. An objective for students would be that the students will be able to use the "Big Kid Boxes" on the sides on the pages to locate key facts. This text helps support the objective because every page has a text box that students can pull key facts from.
Additional Resources: Here is a video of Astronaut Alvin Drew reading this book!! Talk about exciting!!
This book is called Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. It is written and illustrated by Brain Floca. This book is published by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books and its ISBN number is 978-1416950462. This book has 48 pages and it is a part of the non-fiction genre category.
Text Summary: This book follows the flight of the Apollo 11. It takes the reader through every step, from the building of the space craft itself, to take off, to the actual flight. Read this book to learn more about this amazing flight!
Teaching Points: This text addresses the vocabulary component of the 5 Reading First components. A standard for this book could be RF.2.4a – Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. Because of this standard the area of the six areas of language arts that this text addresses is reading. An objective to use for this book is that the students will be able to read the text and identify the main point. This book supports this standard because it shows the step by step plan that made it possible for this mission to take place. Since there are step my step plans the students can pick out the important parts.