Space Stations: Exploring Space series
Written by Colleen Sexton
Second-grade students are beginning to explore the world beyond their neighborhood and realize there is a lot going on outside their community. As students discover the wider world, many become fascinated with outer space. Space Stations is a great introduction to a fascinating part of the world outside our planet.
Space Stations describes what space stations are and how they work. Short, easy-to-read chapters describe the parts of a space station, what they are used for, and how astronauts live in space stations. The book also includes information about the first space stations, examines the Skylab and Mir programs of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and looks at the construction of the International Space Station, which may be the future of space travel. Students will be fascinated to see glimpses of space-station life through the book’s photographs and discover what it’s like to eat, sleep, exercise, and work in space. It may surprise students to know that in some ways, life on a space station is not that different from life at home! Back matter includes a glossary, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index.
This book and other books in the Exploring Space series are perfectly targeted for second grade and easily fit into the comprehension and interest levels of students in this age group. Space Stations is a great choice for a unit on outer space and includes enough facts and resource information for easy creation of reading worksheets. The on-target vocabulary and high-interest topic will also give students a chance to improve their reading skills. So if your students want to learn more about space explorations, this series is a great place to start.