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What skills do you need to become an astronaut? Why do astronaut trainees spend time underwater and in dark caves? And how does it feel to experience zero gravity? In this new Science Slam! title, kids will discover what it takes to become an astronaut. Each book is expertly crafted to meet early elementary and science curriculum standards, as well as introduce young space enthusiasts to the latest space technology. Innovative, grade-appropriate activities and experiments, critical-thinking questions, and fascinating fact boxes will give kids a chance to think like an astronaut.

 
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF051010, JNF051000, JNF051110
Genre Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Nonfiction
Copyright 2019
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Space-ology
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 10 x 8
ISBN 9781642801743, 9781642802436, 9781642803129
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 629.45'07
Guided Reading Level L
Lexile Reading Level 800
Author Ellen Lawrence
 

Booklist Starred Review of Becoming an Astronaut

Lots of pictures and inviting, informative text offer a glimpse into some of the training that aspiring astronauts need to complete before they’re permitted to travel into space in this installment in the Spaceology series (6 titles). Thoughtful, magazine-style page layouts feature photos of astronauts at work, and each photo is clearly labeled to identify equipment or an activity. This title glosses over the science necessary for space travel and instead focuses on the day-to-day realities of training to be an astronaut, with a big emphasis on the amount of preparation and practice involved, including living in an ISS simulator, learning Russian, and spending days at a time in a cave to learn how to live and work in a pitch black environment. Kids already fascinated by space travel will likely be delighted by these insider details, which shed light on multifaceted work of astronauts. A picture glossary and occasional critical thinking questions add depth to this engaging, high-interest title for the younger set.

School Library Journal Review of Space-ology

This unique series provides a comprehensive look at space exploration, with topics ranging from the features of the solar system to the life of an astronaut to a hypothetical look at life on Mars and finding an Earth-like planet. Each title effectively conveys an immense topic in an accessible and entertaining way, relying on a controlled vocabulary and five to six simple sentences per page. Appealing page layouts, featuring full-color ­photographs, as well as labels and fun facts, are eye-catching and support comprehension. Each entry contains a relevant science experiment, such as designing a tiny spacecraft and building a Mars habitat. Text features include bold words highlighting important vocabulary (orbits, satellites), an index, and a visual glossary. VERDICT: Written at a second grade reading level, this is an excellent STEM series for early elementary students in a general collection, as well as for older ­hi-lo readers.

Activities for further learning
Author/Illustrator biography
Correlations
Glossary of key words
Index
Infographics
Online learning supplement
Sources for further research
Suggested websites
Table of contents
Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs