March 24, 2017

Featured Source: Geology of the Solar System

Zoom into this 1997 Geology of the Solar System map to read the text. List the challenges geologists face in mapping the solar system. Choose one planet (Venus, Mercury, Earth, Mars) and summarize what you learned about it from the map. Compare your findings with a peer who chose a different planet. Compare and contrast what you find on one moon from three different systems (Earth, Jovian, Saturnian, Uranian, Neptunian). Alternatively, you may compare three moons from the same system … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Solar System Displayed

This map was published in 1789. Zoom into the map online or using this map document (.pdf) and review "A Table of the Diameters, Periods & of the several Planets in the Solar System". Compare the information in that table to the data scientists have today. Make a new table with the same column headers and fill it in with today's data; identify your data source and make sure it is a reliable one. This map mentions a comet. What information does it provide about the comet? Do some research … [Read more...]

Featured Source: How the Sun Spots Control Our Weather

Zoom into a more detailed image of this newspaper page from 1912. Look at the images carefully and only read the headline and image captions. Outline the assertions—facts or beliefs—that are suggested. Now read the first paragraph of the article. Describe your reaction to this text. Then relate how the descriptions of weather events compare to what we are reading about the weather today. Do some research to find out how the assertions—facts or beliefs—from the historic newspaper article … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Everyday Mysteries

If you're looking for some fun science facts to intrigue and delight your elementary students, head over to the Everyday Mysteries section of This part of the Library of Congress website gives answers to many of life's most interesting scientific questions, all of which were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library's Science Reference Services. You can search for topics on the homepage or browse archived questions and answers by … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Hello, Earth! Hello!

Click the newspaper above to zoom in and read the article. Make a chart that lists the name of each scientist or inventor mentioned in the article, whether the expert was quoted directly or indirectly, and the expert's view of the possibility of communication with other planets. Find out more information about the publisher of this newspaper, then review the Analyzing Newspaper Articles post. Do you think this article is accurate and reliable? Why or why not? Compare and contrast this … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Astronomy

Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond Library collection Understanding the Cosmos primary source iBook Astronomy primary source set Astronomy maps Astronomy images Astronomy books and articles Historical newspaper coverage: astronomy through 1922 Astronomy and other "Onomies" sheet music The old country fiddler on astronomy audio recording Astronomy webcasts Everyday Mysteries: Astronomy (more everyday mysteries) U.S. legislation … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Great Moon Hoax

Why do you think the illustrator created an inset, or a picture within a picture? Access this .pdf to see the image in more detail. Read the summary of the Lunar Narrative from the Museum of Hoaxes. What details from the articles do you see evidence of in this illustration? Compare and contrast the information about the Great Moon Hoax from the following sources. What did you learn? What similar information is presented? Are there any discrepancies? Historic Hoaxes The Spokane … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Solving the riddle of Mars?

Click the newspaper image above to zoom into the page. What is the riddle of Mars? Does the article answer the headline question? What evidence does the article give that there is life on Mars? Can you find evidence in the article that Professor Lowell believes these Martian extraterrestrials are superior to mankind as the subhead claims? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Automatic Asteroid Finder

Use details from the illustration to describe what is happening in this image. Do you think there was an automatic asteroid finder in 1873? Do scientists use automatic asteroid finders today? How do you know or how would you find out? Read the article by Ruth S. Freitag linked to below. What did you learn? In what ways di your review of the text change how you "read" this image? This illustration appeared in the September 19, 1873 edition of the Bavarian satirical weekly, Fleignede … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Evening Sky Map April, 1912

Check out a larger view of this map. Is this the view you would see from the northern or the southern hemisphere? How do you know? What were or will be the dates of the moon phases for April of this year? If you can, print out this map and follow the directions in the bottom, left corner. Do you see the same thing? Read the Stars of the Titanic blog post. Next, choose one primary source from this TPS-Barat curated Titanic primary source collection to analyze; use the … [Read more...]