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Homework Help: Solar Eclipses

Homework Help: Solar Eclipses

Cool Astronomy shows you 50 ways to enjoy the sky. 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.

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!

Here is a library program that will help you have fun learning about solar eclipses.

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, and moon. Schedule

You might also like learning about the Perseid Meteor Shower.


Video on the Sun & Viewing Solar Eclipses Safely:


Websites:

Science in Context: Eclipses is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about Eclipses.​


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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Homework Help: Meteor Showers

Homework Help: Meteor Showers

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.

In 2018 the Perseid Meteor Shower will occur from July 17 to Aug. 24. It will peak on August 12th and 13th. 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 solar eclipses.

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.”

 

 

Websites:

Science in Context: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about Comets, Meteors & Asteroids.​


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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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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Tales Around the World: The Gingerbread Boy

Tales Around the World: The Gingerbread Boy

The Ninjabread Man There 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.

This page is a list of several versions of the traditional story, The Gingerbread Boy. 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. You can watch a retelling of The Gingerbread Boy right now in this video from World Book Day.


FREE Video Read Aloud:

The Gingerbread Man from World Book Day on Vimeo.

 


eBooks:

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Gingerbread BabyThe Gingerbread ManThe Gingerbread Man Little Golden BookThe Gingerbread Pirate

Print Books:

The Ball of Clay That Rolled AwayThe Matzah Man a Passover StoryCan't Catch MeCatch That CookieGinger BearThe Gingerbread Man SuperheroThe Runaway Rice CakeThe Buttermilk Biscuit BoyThe Cajun Cornbread BoyThe Gingerbread BoyThe Gingerbread BoyThe Gingerbread CowboyThe Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal CrackersThe Gingerbread GirlThe Gingerbread Kid Goes to SchoolThe Gingerbread ManThe Gingerbread Man Loose at SchoolThe Library Gingerbread ManThe Matzo Ball BoyThe Runaway BeignetThe Runaway PiggieThe Runaway Pumpkin Pie ManThe Runaway TortillaSenorita GorditaTough CookieKeep Running Gingerbread ManThe Latke Who Couldn't Stop ScreamingStop That PickleThe Runaway LatkesMarsupial Sue Presents The Runaway PancakeGingerbread FriendsThe Runaway TortillaA Cookie for SantaThe Runaway Dinner
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