Monday, October 10, 2016

To Burp or Not to Burp

This year, I'll be teaching a unit on the solar system for the first time. I like to balance what my students need to know about a subject with what they want to know. To Burp or Not to Burp will answer many of the questions that they have. The bold ones will ask them aloud and the shy ones will wonder, but they will all be curious about how the body functions in space.

This picture book gives a lot of great information and taught me a few things that I had never considered. I now know how astronauts sleep in space and understand better why they have to do so much exercise on the International Space Station. It's a good supplement to textbooks. All I'll need to do is display the book prominently, and I can see it being passed around the class by everyone.

Best of all, it had me thinking of other questions which aren't covered in the book, like if the astronauts hair and nails grow at the same rate in space and do astronauts get the flu in space. The best nonfiction gets the reader wondering, so I'm excited to begin our inquiry with Dr. Dave Williams' book.

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