Academic journal article Science and Children

Asteroids and the Asteroid Belt

Academic journal article Science and Children

Asteroids and the Asteroid Belt

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By Ruth Owen. 32 pp. $25.25. 2013. ISBN 9781448880737. Windmill Books. (Grades 3-6)

Will an asteroid crash into the Earth anytime soon? What makes an asteroid an asteroid? How many asteroids are there? These and many other questions are answered in this book, one of six in the Explore Outer Space series. Each volume attempts to explain tough topics in astronomy that baffle teachers all the time, such as solar and lunar eclipses, galaxies, nebulae, quasars, asteroids and the asteroid belt, and supernovas.

Young, would-be astronomers need a good science background to understand these topics. With great pictures, photographs, and illustrations, these books fill in that background and explain those tough topics to children (and also help teachers understand those topics). Each book has an interest level appropriate to grades 3 through 6, with a reading level at grades 2-3. Many of the vocabulary words, which are defined in the glossary in the back of the book, would be challenging to most students unless they had a great interest in the topic. The web page provided was not activated at the time of this review. …

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