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Pre-School

Desination Mars Map by National Geographic

Max Goes to Mars by Jeffrey Bennett (see special offer below)

Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog by Jeffrey Bennett

The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branley
(Can be excerpted)

Grades K-2

Desination Mars Map by National Geographic

Max Goes to Mars by Jeffrey Bennett (see special offer below)

Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog by Jeffrey Bennett

Mission to Mars by Franklyn M. Branley, et al
(depends on the class)

The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branley

Eyes on Mars (CD) by Space Holding Corporation
(Can be excerpted)
Featuring our challenge's researcher, Jen Heldmann

Welcome to Mars (CD) by NOVA
(Can be excerpted)

Grades 3-5

Destination: Mars by Seymour Simon
(A little wordy, but photos are great)

Desination Mars Map by National Geographic

Discover Mars by Gloria Skurzynski
(Depends on class)

Eyewitness Mars by Stuart Murray
(Great Pictures)

Geology of the National Parks by Ann Harris, et al
(Excerpted)

Going to Mars: The Stories of the People Behind NASA's Mars Missions Past, Present, and Future by Brian Muirhead, et al

Life on Mars by David Getz
(
Can be excerpted)

"Mars: Is There Life in the Ancient Ice?" in National Geographic Magazine, January 2004
(Photos)

Max Goes to Mars by Jeffrey Bennett (see special offer below)

Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog by Jeffrey Bennett

Mission to Mars by Franklyn M. Branley, et al

Poles Apart: Why Penguins and Polar Bears Will Never be Neighbors by Elaine Scott
(Some sections would be appropriate)

The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branley

The Real Mars by Michael Hanlon
(Can be excerpted)

Touchdown Mars! by Peggy Wethered, et al.
(Depends on class)

Eyes on Mars (CD) by Space Holding Corporation
Featuring our challenge's researcher, Jen Heldmann

Mars: Dead or Alive (CD) by NOVA

Welcome to Mars (CD) by NOVA

Grades 6-8

A Traveler's Guide to Mars: The Mysterious Landscapes of the Red Planet by William K. Hartmann
(May need to be excerpted)

Destination: Mars by Seymour Simon

Desination Mars Map by National Geographic

Discover Mars by Gloria Skurzynski

Eyewitness Mars by Stuart Murray

Geology of the National Parks by Ann Harris, et al

Going to Mars: The Stories of the People Behind NASA's Mars Missions Past, Present, and Future by Brian Muirhead, et al

Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
(possibly)

Gulliver of Mars by Edwin Arnold

Life on Mars by David Getz

Life on Mars? by Carl Zimmer

Mars: A Warmer Wetter Planet by Jeffrey S. Kargel
(Can be excerpted)

"Mars: Is There Life in the Ancient Ice?" in National Geographic Magazine, January 2004

Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic by Robert Zubrin
(Sections of the book, e.g. the story of Wolf Vishniac in Chapter 2 would be great)

Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
(Junior high school appropriate)

Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog by Jeffrey Bennett
Possibly a little young; depends on the class; has insets that delve more deeply into the science)

Max Goes to Mars by Jeffrey Bennett (see special offer below)
(Possibly a little young; depends on the class; has insets that delve more deeply into the science)

Mission to Mars by Franklyn M. Branley, et al

Poles Apart: Why Penguins and Polar Bears Will Never be Neighbors by Elaine Scott

Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
(Junior high appropriate)

The Real Mars by Michael Hanlon
(Can be excerpted)

Touchdown Mars! by Peggy Wethered, et al.
(Presentation is a little young, but the science is appropriate)

Eyes on Mars (CD) by Space Holding Corporation
Featuring our challenge's researcher, Jen Heldmann

Fire Mountains of the West:  The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes by Stephen L. Harris

Mars: Dead or Alive (CD) by NOVA

Origins (CD) by NOVA
(Can be excerpted)

Welcome to Mars (CD) by NOVA

High School:

A Traveler's Guide to Mars: The Mysterious Landscapes of the Red Planet by William K. Hartmann

Destination: Mars by Seymour Simon

Desination Mars Map by National Geographic

Discover Mars by Gloria Skurzynski
(A little young)

Eyes on Mars (CD) by Space Holding Corporation
Featuring our challenge's researcher, Jen Heldmann

Eyewitness Mars by Stuart Murray

Fire Mountains of the West:  The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes by Stephen L. Harris

Geology of the National Parks by Ann Harris, et al

Going to Mars: The Stories of the People Behind NASA's Mars Missions Past, Present, and Future by Brian Muirhead, et al

Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Gulliver of Mars by Edwin Arnold

History's Mysteries: The Search for Life on Mars by History Channel

Is Mars Habitable? by Alfred Russel Wallace

Life on Mars by David Getz

Life on Mars? by Carl Zimmer

Mars: A Warmer Wetter Planet by Jeffrey S. Kargel

Mars: Dead or Alive (CD) by NOVA

"Mars: Is There Life in the Ancient Ice?" in National Geographic Magazine, January 2004

Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic by Robert Zubrin

Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Origins (CD) by NOVA

Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Certainty of a Future Life in Mars by L.P.Gratacap

The Real Mars by Michael Hanlon

Through Space to Mars (or the Longest Journey on Record) by Roy Rockwood

Welcome to Mars (CD) by NOVA

 

Books/Articles to Read:

  • A Traveler's Guide to Mars: The Mysterious Landscapes of the Red Planet by William K. Hartmann
    Reads like a travel guide! Includes maps and tons of photos. Identifies and discusses Martain surface features, history and exploration.
  • Destination: Mars by Seymour Simon
    Interesting facts and beautiful photos of Mars. Great reference book.
  • Desination Mars Map by National Geographic
    Front side is the amalgamation of almost 1000 images of Mars taken from space. On the back, insets give details about geography and landscape, including daily surface changes.
  • Discover Mars by Gloria Skurzynski
    Great 3-D images of Mars and Mars spacecraft (comes with 3-D glasses). Covers Mars exploration from Copernicus to Pathfinder. A National Geographic book.
  • Eyewitness Mars by Stuart Murray
    One of the Eyewitness series. Tons of pictures - basically an encyclopedia of everything Mars. Includes glossary, FAQs, websites and other resources.
  • Fire Mountains of the West:  The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes by Stephen L. Harris
    Great book about volcanoes, how they're made and how they work. Includes a chapter on Lassen Peak.
  • Geology of the National Parks by Ann Harris, et al
    An excellent book on the geology of the National Parks- Lassen National Volcanic Park is included!
  • Going to Mars: The Stories of the People Behind NASA's Mars Missions Past, Present, and Future by Brian Muirhead, et al
    Great science stories as well as science fiction and popular culture. Really brings to life the stories of people whose quest it is to explore the unknown.
  • Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Science fiction novel about terraforming Mars and the first generation of people to be born on the Red Planet. Highlights conflict between those who keep Mars as it is and those who would make it habitable - a futuristic environmental conservation debate!
  • Gulliver of Mars by Edwin Arnold
    This early science fiction novel (published in 1905) was one of the first to create an image of Mars. In this book, Mars was a planet inhabited by ancient races on the verge of death. The author is said to have been influenced by Schiaparelli and Lowell and also been the inspiration for Edgar Rice Burroughs' Princess of Mars. (available from Project Gutenberg)
  • Is Mars Habitable? by Alfred Russel Wallace
    Available online through Project Gutenberg
    Published in 1907 as a critical examination of Professor Percival Lowell's book, Mars and its Canals, with an alternative explanation.
  • Life on Mars by David Getz
    Focuses on issues involved with traveling to Mars and touches on the issues of living there - uses a very personalized approach
  • Life on Mars? by Carl Zimmer
    Article in Smithsonian, May 2005.
    It's hard enough to identify fossilized microbes on Earth. How would we ever recognize them on Mars?
  • Mars: A Warmer Wetter Planet by Jeffrey S. Kargel
    Technical but very readable information about the impact of finding evidence for recent water activity on Mars - great reference for teaching about Mars
  • "Mars: Is There Life in the Ancient Ice?" in National Geographic Magazine, January 2004 .
    Great photos. Includes search for water, exploration history and stories about Mars researchers. Same issue has great article about exploring in the Arctic.
  • Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic by Robert Zubrin
    A "must read" for this Challenge! This is an adventure story, very readable, that portrays the passion of scientists for their research as well as explains the concepts of Mars analog research on Earth.
  • Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
    Written in the 1940's, Bradbury tells the tales of a series of expeditions to Mars in the distant future (1999). The resident Martians are decimated by diseases that arrive with the explorers, and colonists arrive with varied interest in the planet, but with no respect for the Martian culture that is being displaced.
  • Max Goes to Mars by Jeffrey Bennett (see special offer)
    Max has gone to the Moon (see other Bennett book in this list) and now he's off to Mars! Same general idea as the moon book - great story line and packed with information. The book is due in stores October 2005. Keep checking http://www.jeffreybennett.com for more information. Click on "books" on the left sidebar.
  • Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog by Jeffrey Bennett
    Describes, in the context of Max's trip to the moon, what preparation and technology is needed to go to, live and work on the Moon; great analog to Mars travel; Max Goes to Mars will be out in November 2005
  • Mission to Mars by Franklyn M. Branley, et al
    A mission to Mars presented in story form. Covers issues associated with living and working very well. Great resource for students in the Challenge.
  • Poles Apart: Why Penguins and Polar Bears Will Never be Neighbors by Elaine Scott
    A great book about the Arctic and Antarctic: weather, wildlife, people, exploration, geology. The last chapter has a small description of Mars analog research on Devon Island in the Arctic.
  • Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    First of Mars science fiction series about human visits to Mars. In these stories Mars is inhabited by Martian societies. Motivates thinking about what we know now about Mars versus what was known in the author's time. Available online through Project Gutenberg.
  • The Certainty of a Future Life in Mars by L.P.Gratacap
    Published in 1903 Available online through Project Gutenberg
    Posthumous Papers of Bradford Torrey Dodd who worked in an astronomical station and received messages at a wireless telegraphic station; that he himself and his assistants accredited to extra-terrestrial sources.
  • The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branley
    Good overview of all the planets, including Mars; good comparisons on temperature
  • The Real Mars by Michael Hanlon
    A beautiful reference book covering the whole of Mars history, popular culture and research; very useful for pulling articles and information
  • Through Space to Mars (or the Longest Journey on Record) by Roy Rockwood
    Available online through Project Gutenberg
    #4 in the "Great Marvel Series"
  • Touchdown Mars! by Peggy Wethered, et al.
    "You are an astronaut! These are your crewmates. You are going to Mars!" begins the book. Presents issues of living and working on Mars in story form - great book to motivate discussion.

CDs

  • Eyes on Mars by Space Holding Corporation.
    Presents the efforts to fully understand the mysteries that are Mars; includes commentary by guest experts -- Features our challenge's researcher, Jen Heldmann
  • History's Mysteries: The Search for Life on Mars by History Channel
    This CD draws on NASA mission photography and interviews with top scientists and agency officials to see what we have discovered--and what remains unknown.
  • Mars: Dead or Alive by NOVA
    Follows the Mars Exploration Rover project which resulted in the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity; excellent portrayal of the excitement of exploration
  • Origins (CD) by NOVA
    Covers scientific explanations for how Earth, life and the universe began; includes the concept of analogs and "every atom in our bodies, and practically every bit of matter in the Earth, was made in the heart of stars."
  • Welcome to Mars by NOVA
    Sequel to Mars: Dead or Alive; "gripping drama and breathtaking images" of the Mars Exploration Rover projects Spirit and Opportunity


 
 
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