Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Douglas Florian

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars

Author/Illustrator: Douglas Florian
Publisher: Harcourt
Publication Year: 2007
Brief Summary: A collection of space-inspired poems in a variety of formats — concrete, rhyming, free verse, etc.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  •  Science: space unit; pair with informational books about the galaxy, planets, etc.  Have students each select one subject or concept, and conduct further research.
  • Discuss different genres — poetry vs. informational — and their uses.  Which would you use to read for fun?  Which would you use if you were doing a research paper on a particular planet?
  • If possible, arrange for a field trip to a planetarium or space museum, or watch a documentary/film about the planets.
  • Have a discussion about planets — what characteristics must something have in order to be considered a planet?  Why did Pluto lose its status?  Do you think it’s a planet — why or why not?  Hold a mock debate based on the evidence.
  • Art — make a model of our galaxy, or make a paper-mache planet (student’s choice)

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  A “galactic glossary” and selected bibliography/further reading suggestions in the back of the book

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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