Astronomy (Grades 3 - 7)

   Many homeschoolers and quite a few elementary school teachers feel unprepared to teach science.  I believe that this is in large part because they have no idea where to obtain the materials necessary to teach labs.  I have dealt with two very large companies, who although their primary purpose is to supply schools, will sell to individuals.  However, neither one will sell either chemicals or live bacteria and viruses.  These two are:  Ward Science Supplies and Carolina Biological.  Don't be fooled by the name.  Both sell materials to teach:  biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics from kindergarten through graduate school.  A third company, Home Science Tools, sells primarily to homeschoolers.  They will provide chemicals in the very small quantities that a homeschooler would wish.  They also have many wonderful kits for teaching chemistry concepts. 



Earth & Sky

DVD:The Magic School Bus Space Adventures


There's No Place Like Space:  All About the Solar System by Tish Rabe

Awesome Space: Space Exploration by John Farndon

Black Holes and Other Space Phenomena by Philip Steele

Constellations of the Night Sky by Bruce LaFontaine

Curious Kids Guides: Space by Carole Stott

Exploring Our Solar System by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy

Fantastic Facts About Stars and Planets by Tim Furniss

Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey

Glow in the Dark Constellations: A Field Guide for Young Stargazers by C. E. Thompson

I Didn't Know That the Sun is a Star by Kate Petty

I Wonder Why Stars Twinkle and Other Questions about Space by Carole Stott

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole

The Magic School Bus: Sees Stars by Joanna Cole

100 Things You Should Know About Space by Sue Becklake

Space Exploration by Carole Stott (Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Books)

Space: A Golden Photo Guide by Pam Spence

Space Missions: From Sputnik to SpaceShip One, The History of Space Flight, Jim Winchester, editor

Space: Stars, Planets, and Spacecraft by Sue Becklake

The Stargazer's Guide to the Galaxy by Q. L. Pearce

The Young Astronomer by Harry Ford

The Moon:

Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic TreeHouse Series)

The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M. Branley

Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon by Judy Donnelly

One Giant Leap by Mary Ann Fraser

Space: Magic Tree House Research Guide by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne

Spinning Through Space: The Moon by Tim Furniss

Other Planets:

Destination Mars by Alain Dupas

Jupiter by Elaine Landau

Mercury by Seymour Simon

Mission to Mars by Franklyn M. Branley

Touchdown Mars! by Peggy Wethered


Alan Shepard: The First American in Space by Tamra B. Orr

Buzz Aldrin: Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin

Eileen Collins by Elizabeth Raum

Gus Grissom: A Space Biography by Carmen Bredeson

John Glenn by Elizabeth Raum

John Glenn: Space Pioneer by Carmen Bredeson

Mae Jemison by Elizabeth Raum

Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer by Beatrice Gormley

Neil Armstrong by Elizabeth Raum

Neil Armstrong by Shannon Zemlicka

Sally Ride by Elizabeth Raum

Valentina Tereshkova: The First Woman in Space by Heather Feldman

Vostok 1: First Human in Space by Michael D. Cole


The Apollo 1 and Challenger Disasters by Gina De Angelis

Challenger and Columbia by Kathleen Fahey

Crisis in Space: Apollo 13 by Mark Beyer


I Want to Be an Astronaut by Catherine O'Neill Grace

The International Space Station by Franklyn M. Branley

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