Introduction

This unit is based on Kath Murdoch's Day and Night unit as published in Classroom Connections. It is also written to match the Australian Curriculum for Year 1. (Note that the unit itself hasn't been posted yet, it is currently in the early stages of development).

Useful books

You can find many of these books listed at
http://beyondpenguins.nsdl.org/issue/column.php?date=May2008&departmentid=literacy&columnid=literacy!bookshelf

  • Oscar and the Moth: A Book about Light and Dark. Geoff Waring. 2006. Nonfiction picture book. Recommended ages: Grades K-2.
  • Sun Up, Sun Down: The Story of Day and Night. Jacqui Bailey. 2004. Nonfiction book. Recommended ages: Grades 3-5.
  • The tale of sun and moon / story by Ann Walton ; illustrated by Tamsin Hinrichsen.
  • What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri
  • Goodnight Sun, Hello Moon by Karen Viola (Board book)
  • The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon by David Almond (novel, strong readers)
  • Boy Were We Wrong About the Solar System by **Kathleen V Kudlinski - looks like a great book to talk about the way science makes new discoveries that change our understanding of the universe.

Useful Tools

  • iPad app "Solar System" - lots of fascinating information and a visualisation of the solar system that you can move around in and speed up or down.

Useful web sites and collections of links