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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Deep Sea & Robots

(January and February 2010)

 

Jacques Who? Exploring the Deep Sea

Recommended for grades K-2

Grab your goggles and flippers and get ready to plunge into the deep sea with Jacques Cousteau! Students will learn about the great inventor and underwater explorer, as well as new inventions that have allowed us to explore even further. Who knows what strange creatures we’ll meet along the way…

Fiction and Informational Books:

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

Berne, Jennifer
Manfish

Before Jacques Cousteau became an internationally known oceanographer and champion of the seas, he was a curious little boy. In this biography, poetic text and paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau.

 
Super Submarines

Mitton, Tony & Parker, Ant
Super Submarines

Rhyming text and illustrations describe an underwater trip in a submarine

 
Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea

Gibbons, Gail
Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea

Explores the vastly unexplored world beneath the ocean's surface

 
The Deep-Sea Floor

Collard, Sneed B. III
The Deep-Sea Floor

Reveals the animal life that lives in the deepest oceans and examines the technology that allows scientists to conduct research in areas characterized by trenches, vents, and seeps

 
 

Robots!

Recommended for grades 3-5

Robots today may not be as advanced as the ones we see on the silver screen, but they can definitely perform amazing tasks and can even help save lives! We’ll explore the world of modern robots through a variety of informational texts. Then, students will see just how difficult a roboticist’s job can be! 

Fiction and Informational Books:

Robots: From Everyday to Out of This World

editors of YES mag
Robots: From Everyday to Out of This World

The role of robots in our lives is growing all the time. Learn about their many different shapes, sizes and uses and meet robots who do dangerous and dirty jobs, help perform surgery, look like us, show emotion like us and much more.

 
Robots
Gifford, Clive
Robots
 
Real-World Robots

McEvoy, Paul & Gibson, Tracey
Real-World Robots

Describes how robots were developed, how they work, and the various functions they can perform

 
Future Tech: From Personal Robots to Motorized Monocycles

Piddock, Charles
Future Tech: From Personal Robots to Motorized Monocycles

Explains and illustrates the most current research and technologies that promise to change our lives dramatically in the future, from machines with the ability of independent thought to cars that drive themselves to robots that borrow their nature from nature itself