Space Garbage (one of the “Objects in Space” series) is a well-laid out, informative text for upper elementary students that raises some questions and problems that are the result of man’s exploration into space. Readable text explains what makes up the debris, how it came to be and stay in space, how long it is likely to remain, and the problems that the debris may cause in the future…”a defunct satellite may continue to orbit Earth for another 200 years or more!”
Full-page, captioned photographs help clarify the text, highlighted text boxes provide quick facts on each page. Bold, large font headings, table of contents and index help student locate information efficiently. In addition to presenting the problem, there are final chapters that focus on solutions. A good text for introducing issues-based discussion in the Grade 6 Sky Science unit.
For additional information students are directed to an online site for weblinks that are monitored and updated by PowerKids Press.
Other titles in the “Objects in Space” series: Spacecraft, Probes, Satellites, Rovers, Space Stations.
See the description for these books at Rosen Publishing; Powerkids Press; Objects in Space series:
(Rosen Publishing also operates Rosen Digital, producer of the “PowerKnowledge” site on Alberta Learning’s Online Reference Centre – ORC)