On April 8, 2024, millions of people across the United States, Mexico, and Canada will have the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse. This eclipse will be extremely rare as the moon will be closer to Earth than usual, causing a longer period of total darkness that won’t be matched until 2150!

Integrating nonfiction books into your science curriculum offers students a dynamic and engaging way to explore scientific events and concepts, such as the solar eclipse. Nonfiction books, like Mysteries of the Sun,  provide students with real-world examples, vivid illustrations, and accessible explanations, making complex scientific topics more comprehensible and relatable. Nonfiction texts can foster curiosity, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of scientific phenomena for your students. Moreover, these books encourage interdisciplinary learning by connecting science with language arts, allowing students to develop both scientific literacy and reading comprehension skills simultaneously. Ultimately, using nonfiction books in the classroom empowers students to become active learners, sparking their interest in science and nurturing a lifelong passion for discovery.

Easy Ways to Use Nonfiction Titles About Space on LevelUp Reader

LevelUp’s extensive digital library offers many books with science themes, and there are multiple ways for educators to access, organize, and utilize these books for their students.

Use the “My Collection” Feature

If you are a current LevelUp Reader user, books from your shelf can be saved to “My Collection.” Here, you can organize titles you may want to use in the future. Teachers can create custom tags to apply to each book, which will then be used to sort them by lesson, project, or assignment so they can be easily assigned to students later. Or, tag them to simply organize by subject or Lexile measure. You can apply multiple tags to each book. You can filter “My Collection” by clicking one or more of the tags listed on the left side of the page.

Use Organized Lists for the Four Main Disciplines of Science

In LevelUp Reader’s Help Center, educators can find organized lists connecting four main disciplines of science—Physical ScienceLife ScienceEarth and Space Science, and Engineering Design—through grade-appropriate science texts. Titles, with links for LevelUp Reader users, are specifically selected to focus on the development of scientific inquiry, student engagement, and investigation abilities through a wide variety of topics according to structured grade-level expectations. Click here to access these lists for a quick way to find appropriate titles you may want to add to your “My Collection” tab for future science lessons or thematic units.

Search for Specific Topics

If you are a LevelUp Reader user with an active subscription, you can find more of our Science titles by using the search tab on your bookshelf, selecting the “Category” tab, then checking the box marked “Science.”

You can also turn on the “Search within books” feature to find titles containing specific content to help support your curriculum.

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