4.) A Universe of Stories

4.) A Universe of Stories


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You can visit the A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Selections - here!

Then choose A Universal Story to see juvenile selections- here!

A Universal Story: Teens for teen selections - here!

Support Materials for Puppets, Puzzles and More that fit with A Universal Story - here!

You can discover great titles - here! to be taken to the Earth and Space Science Category!


Finally, the iRead- It's Showtime at Your Library! selections can be found - here! too!



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A Universe of Stories Pinterest Page can be found here

Join Star Net's Summer of Space here for a BUNDLE of FREE Resources (nearly 200 high quality, vetted STEM activities that are perfect for the library setting) - including a chance to win a Telescope! This summer learning program will coincide with Nasa's 60 Years of Achievement and its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Star Net has even more Universe of Stories Resources - here

Download the Space Station Explorers Kit - here

NASA@ My Library is a National Earth and Space Science Initiative that Connects NASA, Public Libraries and Their Communities - find out more and view the resources - here

NASA Space Place - NASA’s award-winning Space Place website engages upper-elementary-aged children in space and Earth science through interactive games, hands-on activities, fun articles, and short videos. With material in both English and Spanish and numerous resources for parents and teachers, Space Place has something for everyone. Learn about everything from black holes and wild space weather to the reasons for seasons here on Earth. The Space Place has material on space, the Sun, the Solar System, our own planet, and the scientists and technology that make discovery possible

Resource Courtesy of ClickSchooling: Cool Cosmos: Grades K-9 with Parental Supervision. At this website, NASA scientists and astronomers at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and the SIRTF Science Center answer kids' questions about the universe in entertaining video format.
Plus, the site provides free classroom activities, lessons, tutorials, image galleries, games, and resources that can be used to sate the curiosity of anyone interested in learning about the universe.

Discover the Cosmos! Each day a different image/photograph of our universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer-here!

The Kids Know It Network has a ton of free Astronomy songs to listen to! -here!
-- This wonderful resource also has Astronomy posters to download and print! -here!
-- You can find Astronomy worksheets -here!

Kids Astronomy via the Kids Know it Network has a wealth of Universal resources as well! -here!

Astronomy for Kids has free games, fun facts, videos and much more! -here!

Planets for Kids is a FREE Astronomy Network for Kids! Find out more -here!

NASA Kids' Club! Find out more -here!

FREE Astronomy PowerPoints for Kids and Teachers! -here!

Cosmos for Kids! Is a great resources for all sorts of Space Resources! Find all of the topics -here!

Common Sense Media has a wonderful list of kid appropriate and kid approved Solar System/Astronomy Apps! Find out -here!

Duckers Educational Site has great information on Astronomy for Kids -here!

Create your own Word Search Puzzles via the Discovery Education Puzzlemaker - -here!

Free Solar System Trading Cards can be found -here!

Watch "What an Astronaut's Camera Sees" -here!



MCLKids Wiki offered up these wonderful ideas:


INVITATIONS: Blast Off; Launch Crew

                       "Bang, Zoom, To the Moon"; "What's Up?"



  • Suggest white tee-shirts and jeans; add stickers for patches (flag/NASA)
  • Jet packs (can be craft)
  • Name Badges: Mission Specialist; Payload Specialist; Space Ranger (Speedy, Heroic, Helpful)



  • Veggie Aliens (create your own)
  • Star Fruit; star sandwiches; star cheese'n'crackers
  • Alien cookies; moon cookies; star cookies
  • Rocket/Star cake
  • Space ice cream (freeze-dried)
  • Tang  Drink
  • Candy (Starburst; Milky Way; Mars Bar)



  • White tablecloths, blue plates, red napkins
  • Red, white, blue & silver star balloons
  • Star stickers on blue background
  • Mission Control Center--knobs on a computer; silver orange juice lids; laundry detergent caps; red, white & blue stripes



  • Patriotic
  • Star Wars



  • Flag/NASA stickers;
  • Build rocket; 3-D aliens;
  • Jet Packs (make out of oatmeal & cereal boxes or duct tape pop bottles to the side of the cereal boxes; red cellophane from the center of the engine; wide ribbons through holes to make straps--use shower curtain rings to hold in place)
  • Paper Plate Helmet Picture Frame



  • PIN—tail on comet
  • TOSS—moon rocks into containers (Pringle cans covered in duct tape.)
  • FLOOR—astronaut training (exercises); float around room & have children tell you what they see in the galaxy
  • Astronaut, astronaut, alien (played like Duck, duck, goose) 
  • Comet balls (t/b picked up using over-sized garden gloves)
  • RELAY—with rockets (1 red, 1 blue)



  • Have various stations for crafts & games before ending with Mission Award Ceremony
  • Read a book or a chapter, depending on your theme. 



  • Get adult help to “serve” 



  • Most supplies can be purchased in bargain bins at craft stores or Dollar Stores. 




  • About an hour-and-a-half should be sufficient.



Moon Landing 50th Anniversary - Apollo 11

















Apollo 11 [NASA Johnson Space Center]

During the Apollo program of the 1960s and '70s, NASA sent nine missions to the Moon. Six of them landed astronauts safely on the surface, the only times humans have visited another world. 

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969  as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission. 

The NISE Network has compiled the following resources to help plan your event.

Special websites for Apollo's 50th Anniversary

NASA Moon and Apollo program online resources

What Was the Apollo Program?

Hands-on activities

Online Workshops for educators

Planning your anniversary event

NASA Apollo anniversary event map

Volunteer and staff orientation slides

  • Video - Apollo landing sites visualization video produced by NASA's Moon Trek team (included in the NISE Network 2019 Earth & Space toolkit)  

Downloadable anniversary logos 

[NASA GSFC Arizona State University]

Photos and images of the Moon


Presentation Slides

  • Presentation Powerpoint Slides: NISE Network overview slides to familiarize volunteers and staff about the Moon landing, Apollo missions, and ongoing lunar scientific research  (included in the NISE Network 2019 Earth & Space toolkit)  - these may be used for professional development and training as well as with public audiences

Multimedia and interactive resources

  • Moon Trek: Explore all the details of the Moon, generate 3D printed models of the landscape, and download the highest resolution images available
  • NASA's Eyes on the Solar System: Explore our solar system including our Moon!  Using real trajectory data you can recreate famous moments in solar system exploration, or preview exciting adventures yet to come.
  • Explore landing sites and geography of the moon: https://moon.nasa.gov
  • Interactive Maps (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC))



Planetarium Shows

NASA Visualizations of the Moon and Apollo program

Historical Image and Videos Collections of the Apollo program

Snoopy - Peanuts - Charlie Brown connection

In May 1969, Apollo 10 astronauts traveled all the way to the Moon for one final checkout before the lunar landing attempt. Because the mission required the lunar module to skim the Moon's surface to within 50,000 feet and "snoop around" scouting the Apollo 11 landing site, the crew named the lunar module "Snoopy." The Apollo command module was labeled "Charlie Brown."  There are some new resources you may want to use for your events:

Student challenge - Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge

  • Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS Challenge)
    Open to students in grades 5-12 across the United States and territories, the event challenges student teams to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using a drone and a LEGO Mindstorm robot.

3D printing resources

Virtual Reality (VR) - Google Cardboard of VR Goggles

NASA Moon Trek can be used with Google Cardboard of VR Goggles 

  • Virtual Reality Library: NASA Solar System Treks has developed a set of favorite fly-alongs including Apollo landing sites on the Moon and possible future landing sites on the Moon
    • Go to https://trek.nasa.gov and scroll down to "Virtual Reality Library" 
    • Instructions: Watch the video of how to use QR codes with Trek Virtual Reality and find links to the "Virtual Reality Library" of tours 
  • Custom Virtual Reality tours can be created with NASA Moon Trek
    • https://trek.nasa.gov/moon/
    • Instructions: Open the Tools panel to draw a path to float along with full 360 views.  You can also watch a video about using QR codes, watch the short video below to see how it works with Trek Virtual Reality: https://trek.nasa.gov


Library resources

Visitor stories - oral history project




















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