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Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

National Geographic Kids Meteors

Have you ever seen a “shooting” or “falling” star? These streaks of light are not actually stars at all, but space rocks falling through the earth’s atmosphere. These rocks are called meteoroids or meteors. As the meteor falls it rubs against particle’s in the earth’s atmosphere which creates friction, making the meteor extremely hot. Usually, the meteors become so hot they burn up and disappear before hitting the earth. The flame of that burning up is what we see and what makes meteors look like a star falling out of the sky. If a meteor does survive its journey through the atmosphere and lands on the earth, it is called a meteorite.

At certain times of year we can see a lot of meteors all at once because the earth is passing through a field of space rocks. These times of year are called “meteor showers” because so many space rocks are falling through the earth’s atmosphere at one time. Each year in late summer the Earth passes through a trail of dust and debris left by an ancient comet called Comet Swift-Tuttle. This creates a high number of meteors and is called the Perseid Meteor Shower because the meteors appear to come from within the constellation Perseus.

This year, the Perseid Meteor Shower will occur from July 17 to Aug. 24.

The best way to see meteors is to go outside after dark, lie on your back and look straight up. You might have to wait. Bring a good snack – like popcorn!

You  might also like to know about the solar eclipse that will happen on August 21st!

TCM Meteor

 

This meteorite is an Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

“Meteorites are one of the few extraterrestrial, from outer space, materials scientists have to study. Most meteorites found on the ground are iron, which are very dense and appear quite different from ordinary rock. This is a Gibeon meteorite made up mostly of iron and nickel. These meteorites resulted in a huge meteor shower that occurred thousands of years ago. Upon hitting he earth’s atmosphere, a large iron mass (or masses) fragmented, showering down to Earth. These fragments were first reported in 1838, with more fragments showing up in following years as Europeans moved in.”

 

 

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Books:

Comets Meteors and AsteroidsHow the Meteorite Got to the MuseumMeteor ShowersMeteorsNational Geographic Kids MeteorsSeven Wonders of Asteroids Meteors and CometsShooting StarsMeteor!My Friend the StarfinderOlivia Wishes on a StarOne Starry Night
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Favorite Teachers in Chapter Books

Favorite Teachers in Chapter Books

Can you name your very favorite teachers? I can. Miss Sellers, Mr. Yoder, Mrs. Hayworth, Mrs. Reed. I could name more. I was lucky because I had a lot of good ones. Do you have anybody that is Professor McGonagall good? What are the things you liked so much about a favorite teacher? My favorite thing in a teacher was someone who doesn’t think you are lacking in smart because you are a kid! My favorites listened and also laughed a lot.

Listed below are some all-time favorite teachers from kids’ books. When the librarians in Indianapolis made suggestions for this list – Miss Honey from Matilda was suggested the most often. She gets a gold star!

You might also like taking a look back at Favorite Teachers in Picture Books. I bet you remember Mr. Ratburn and Miss Frizzle! Can you remember what stories they are in or the names of some of the kids in their classes?


Ms. Bixby's Last Day Ms. Bixby in Ms. Bixby’s Last Day – Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.
Anne of Avonlea Miss Shirley in Anne of Avonlea – Anne, now sixteen years old and a teacher atAvonlea school, finds that she isn’t much different than her mischievous and spirited pupils.
Because of Mr Terrup Mr. Terupt in Because of Mr. Terupt – Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by “rookie teacher” Mr. Terupt. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 4-6 Nominee
Clemetines Letter Mr. D’Matz in Clementine’s Letter – Clementine’s beloved teacher, Mr. D’Matz might be leaving for the rest of the year to go on a research trip to Egypt. The only solution, she decides, is to hatch a plan to get Mr. D’Matz back even if it means ruining his once-in-a-lifetime chance.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall, Snape & Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
Ida B Ms. Washington in Ida B. – In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family’s apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school. A Junior Library Guild selection; Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, 4-6 Nominee
Junie B Alohaha Mr. Scary in the Junie B. Jones, First Grader Aloha-ha-ha! – Junie B. and her family are going on a vacation to Hawaii! And ha! Mr. Scary is giving Junie a real, actual camera to keep a photo journal of her trip! But taking good vacation pictures is not always easy. ‘Cause what if your airplane is full of grouchy ladies? And what if there is an unfortunate inner tube incident at the swimming pool? (And, oh my! Let’s not even mention what happens if a tropical bird gets tangled in your hair!) Will Junie B.’s vacation end up picture perfect? Or will her trip to Hawaii be-horrible?
Mockingbird Mrs. Brook in Mockingbird – Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2013-2014, 4-6 Nominee.
Operation Yes Miss Loupe in Operation YES by Sara Lewis Holmes In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth-grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.
Gooney Bird is so Absurd Mrs. Pidgeon in Gooney Bird is so Absurd – Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class studies poetry and her students write haiku, couplets, free verse, and finally, a tribute to Mrs. Pidgeon‘s mother organized by the irrepressible Gooney Bird Greene.
Love That Dog Miss Stretchberry in Love That Dog – A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
Math Curse Mrs. Fibonnaci in Math Curse – When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse.
Matilda Miss Honey in Matilda – Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
Mr Lincolns Way Mr. Lincoln in Mr. Lincoln’s Way – When Mr. Lincoln, “the coolest principal in the whole world,” discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.
Science Verse Mr. Newton in Science Verse – When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.
The Art of Miss Chew Miss Chew in The Art of Miss Chew – Describes how a teacher named Miss Chew encouraged individuality, and accepted learning differences, and helped a young student with academic difficulties get extra time to take tests and permission to be in advanced art classes. Inspired by the author’s memories of her art teacher.
The Secret Life of Mrs Finkleman Miss Finkleman in The Secret Life of Ms Finkleman – Spurred by a special project from her social studies teacher, seventh-grader Bethesda Fielding uncovers the secret identity of her music teacher, which leads to a most unusual concert performance and a tutoring assignment.
Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School Miss Jewls in Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School – Join Mrs. Jewls’s class and try solving over fifty math puzzles and brainteasers.
The View from Saturday Mrs. Olinski in The View From Saturday – Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
The Wednesday Wars Mrs. Baker in The Wednesday Wars – During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
Word After Word After Word Ms. Mirabel in Word After Word After Word – A visiting author teaches five friends about the power of wordsand writing. A Junior Library Guild selection
The Year of Miss Agnes Miss Agnes in The Year of Miss Agnes – Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher.
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Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21st – Safety First

Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21st – Safety First

Cool Astronomy shows you 50 ways to enjoy the sky. One of them you can try at home on August 21st during the upcoming solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon  passes between the earth and the sun. When this happens the moon blocks the sun. If it is a total eclipse, the sun is completely covered up. If it is partial eclipse, only part of the sun is covered up. On August 21st in Indiana, the eclipse is expected to be partial and will look like this.

One of the things you can learn in this book is how to watch a solar eclipse safely. This is really important to know because watching a solar eclipse incorrectly can hurt your eyes. Your retina can actually get burned by the sun. You can get “eclipse blindness”. “Eclipse blindness” can go away, or if it is bad enough, can be permanent. What makes “eclipse blindness” especially dangerous is that there are no nerves in the retina of your eye and you will not feel yourself being hurt. You will only notice later when you can’t see right, but the damage to your eye will already done. So please read Exploratoriuam: How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely. Observe, but do it the right way!

Viewing the Eclipse safely in Indy & Getting Glasses/Viewers:

Visitors to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on August 21st will be provided with free, safe eclipse-viewing glasses and will gather together on museum grounds with staff scientists who will discuss the spectacle and answer questions from curious little learners and their grownups. 

NASA approved eclipses glasses/viewers are available for purchase at Butler University’s Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium for $2. Their website currently says, “Please check this website on or after the 15th (of August) for details for when we will be selling the glasses/viewers. Cash or check only, please.”

Here are some library programs that will help you have fun learning about the coming eclipse. Read the descriptions to see how you might score an eclipse viewer to help you see the eclipse safely.

The Art of the Eclipse

Art of the Eclipse Class Various Branches in August & September School-age children are invited to join Art With a Heart for a program full of art and science inspired by the stars, sun, moon and the August eclipse. Schedule

The Great American Eclipse: Standing in the Shadow of the Moon Central Library, Sunday, August 13 at 2pm
Individuals of all ages are invited to a one-hour multi-media presentation by Kurt Williams, Deputy Director of Link Observatory Space Science, who will illustrate the latest animations to describe the science of our sun, the orbital dynamics of solar eclipses, and details about the Great American Eclipse occurring on August 21. Attendees will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last, one pair per person.

Sun and Moon Toddler Storytime Lawrence Library, Thursday, August 17 at 10:30am
Toddlers 2 and 3 years old and an adult are invited to celebrate the upcoming eclipse with a sun and moon-themed storytime. They’ll enjoy simple stories, songs, bubbles and a special craft! 

Gotta Wear Shades Eclipse Program Glendale Branch, Saturday, August 19 at 2pm
Families are invited to get ready for the solar eclipse on August 21 by discovering how to view the sun safely and making a pin hole viewer. The first 25 participants will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses (one per family). Families are asked to bring a small box for each child.

You might also like watching the Perseid Meteor Shower that occurs in 2017 from July 17th – August 24th.


Video on the Sun & Viewing Solar Eclipses Safely:


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Books about Solar Eclipses:

Solar and Lunar EclipsesEclipsesLooking Up Looking Up!

Space Stories:

Book jacket for Missile Mouse Rescue on Tankium 3The True Meaning of SmekdayThe Dead GentlemanAmulet The StonekeeperBook jacket for Zita the Space GirlBook jacket for Every Soul a StarBook jacket for Boom!CosmicThe Search for Wondla
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Tales Around the World: The Little Red Hen

Tales Around the World: The Little Red Hen

Armadilly ChiliThere are lots of stories you can probably rattle off without even thinking much – The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that kids all over the world know them. When the stories are told in different places though, they take on interesting differences that reflect the land and culture where the story is being told. Armadilly Chili is a Little Red Hen story from Texas. In it, a tarantula, mockingbird, and a horned toad are too lazy to help an armadillo make chili, but of course want some when it is all done!

This page is a list of several more versions of The Little Red Hen. Like Armadilly Chili, the stories are either set in a different region or country, are told from a new point of view or have some kind of fun twist to make the story unique. 


FREE Video Read Aloud:


eBooks:

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Little Red Hen Golden BookThe Little Red HenThe Little Green WitchThe Little Red Elf

Print Books:

Mr. Wolf's PancakesBurro's TortillasGator GumboManana IguanaCock-a-Doodle-DooThe Little Red PenArmadilly ChiliEIEIO How Old MacDonald Got His FarmLittle Red HenryThe Little Gray BunnyThe Little Red Hen and the Passover MatzahThe Little Red HenThe Little Red HenThe Little Red Hen Makes a PizzaThe Little Red HenThe Little Red HenWith Love, Little Red HenBusy Busy Little ChickDigger Pig and the TurnipAunt Ant Leaves Through the LeavesThe Little Red HenThe Red Hen
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Around the World: Food

Around the World: Food

World Food Alphabet

 

Open the World Food Alphabet to explore what breakfast, lunch and dinner look and taste like all over the world. How do people in other places get their food? How do they prepare it? What flavors are popular in different parts of the world? 

Try one of these recipe websites or one of these cookbooks to surprise your family by stirromg up something new and international for your next dinner.

Websites:


Books:

Lets EatAround the World CookbookCool World CookingOne World Kids' CookbookThe World in Your Lunch BoxHoliday Cooking Around the WorldDesserts Around the WorldEasy Breakfasts from Around the WorldEasy Lunches from Around the WorldEasy Main Dishes from Around the WorldEasy Desserts from Around the WorldEasy Snacks from Around the WorldEasy Vegetarian Foods from Around the World
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