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Biblio astro : premier degré, documents pour la réflexion de l’enseignant

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Documents pour l’enseignant, littérature jeunesse, documentaire : vous trouverez ci- dessous des idées de lecture, en français ou en anglais, leur présentation par l’éditeur et le cas échéant un lien vers un site ressource.

* Greenleaf Sarah. “Astronomy through the Centuries in Books for the Young”. Children's Literature Association Quarterly - Volume 12, Number 4, Winter 1987, pp. 183-189


A star fell and made a bright streak of light across the sky. "Someone is dying," thought the Little Match Girl. "When a star falls, a soul is going to God." When modern children read this passage from Hans Christian Andersen, or even the myth of Icarus, the image of Christa McAuliffe streaking down from the sky in the damaged Space Shuttle may not be far removed from their consciousnesses. Likewise, children have become so accustomed to the use of the metaphor of the black hole by journalists that the black hole is becoming our modern version of Charybdis. Twentieth-century astronomy is lending credence to all kinds of age-old myths. "Let there be light" from the Bible's story of creation closely mirrors elements of the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe. The connection Andersen's Match Girl makes between stars and souls relates intriguingly to the fact that we ourselves are born of stars, as geochemist, David Fisher, explains to the young in a highly-readable, breezy...


* Personal author, compiler, or editor name(s); click on any author to run a new search on that name.Trundle, Kathy Cabe & Troland,Thomas H. “The name assigned to the document by the author. This field may also contain sub-titles, series names, and report numbers.The Moon in Children's Literature”.

The entity from which ERIC acquires the content, including journal, organization, and conference names, or by means of online submission from the author.Science and Children, vol. 43 n.2 p.40-43, oct 2005.


A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource.The Moon's cycle of phases is one of the most familiar natural phenomena, yet also one of the most misunderstood. This probably comes as no surprise, but research has found that a significant segment of the population, including both elementary students and teachers, mistakenly believes that the Moon's phases are caused by the shadow of the Earth. (In reality, the Earth's shadow only falls upon the Moon once or twice per year during a lunar eclipse.) The authors found, when evaluating 79 children's books that focused on the Moon as a topic or used the Moon prominently in illustrations; the results revealed that many books reinforce misconceptions about lunar phases and even misrepresent the Moon. The authors undertook this study and article to make teachers, parents, and library media specialists aware of potential problems. They discuss specific examples of children's literature and what do about this problem with some specific tips for the classroom..

* Butzow Carol M., Butzow John W., & Kennedy Rhett E. More science through children's literature: an integrated approach. Greenwood Press, 1998.


Due to popular demand, the Butzows have put together more fascinating thematic units that make science more exciting for young learners. Each chapter focuses on an individual book and includes vocabulary; concepts; applications; and a wide variety of activities, including hands-on and inquiry-based topics, games, puzzles, word searches, and more. The authors' approach helps connect the conceptual content to real-life experiences. Physical, life, earth, space, and environmental sciences are included.

* Letwinch Joanne C. Soaring through the Universe - Astronomy Through Children's Literature. Teacher Ideas Press, 1999.

Educators can launch excitement and learning in the classroom with the activities in this book.  Adhering to the National Science Standards, Letwinch's useful guide is packed with engaging learning projects based on lively retellings of traditional folktales and myths.  Everything needed to teach students about the Moon, the Sun, planets, stars, flight, and aerospace science is here - from reproducible activities and project ideas to reading and reference lists.
Each chapter focuses on a theme, such as the Moon or the stars, and combines myths and stories with language arts, math, science, art, music, and multiple intelligences.  For further exploration and learning, the author lists hundreds of additional resources -- even Web sites, musical resources, and organizations concerned with astronomy.  Ideas that can be adapted to virtually any piece of literature are included in a final chapter.
Space science and exploration have become an increasingly important part of our everyday world, and today's students will undoubtedly use their knowledge of this area for the rest of their lives.  With its practical blend of literature and science, this book stimulates student interest and learning.  A wonderful resource for the teacher resource shelf in the school library, this book will appear to any educator who wants to liven up a science class. 
Joanne C. Letwinch is a fourth-grade teacher at Haddonfield Public Schools in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Publisher name and contact information, as provided by the publisher; updated only if notified by the publisher.Web site: http://www.lu.com/tip  Contact the Author -  Joanne Letwinch

[ERIC] A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource.This publication is a guide to teaching astronomy through the use of mythology and its literature in grades 3-6. The book is divided into the following seven sections: "Introduction"; Chapter 1: "Luna: the Moon"; Chapter 2: "Del Sol: the Sun"; Chapter 3: "The Planets"; Chapter 4: "Star Bright, Star Light"; Chapter 5: "Traveling through Space"; and Chapter 6: "Responding to Literature." A list of the multiple intelligences, three recommended readings, and a lesson plan suggestion are included. Chapters 1-5 are structured so that each can be used individually or in combination with the others, and each contains introductory literature and response activities followed by a sequential process that leads students through the acquisition of basic scientific understanding within each topic. Each chapter contains a bibliography, focusing on myths and folktales, and offers suggestions for combining these stories with math, science, art, music, and the multiple intelligences. Chapter 6 contains general recommendations for responding to literature with which most literary works can be accommodated. An appendix contains contact information for: NASA teacher resource centers; other NASA resources; additional aerospace resources; publications; and equipment resources. Contains an index.


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