Mars: Exploring the Red Planet by Alexandra Siy ( STEM and CCSS aligned)

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Mars:Exploring the Red Planet is an interactive program for grades 1-8 based on the award-winning book, CARS ON MARS. Students will learn about Mars while viewing stunning images of the planet, and learning to apply the CCSS Standard, "Integration of Knowledge and Ideas" while looking at scientific images in nonfiction texts.

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Multipoint: $300.00
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By Request: $300.00
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one hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to nature i.e. snow days. We make every effort to reschedule, however, a $100 kill fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. I briefly introduce myself and my book.
2. I explain how space photography provides scientists with important information
3. We look at images of Mars. Students analyze the images through a guided process which includes specific questions I pose.
4. Students are presented with an image and asked to write a brief caption. Younger students may be asked to share their caption verbally rather than write it down.
5. I reverse the process and provide information I want to show in a picture and ask students to describe how this picture might look.
6. I answer questions.


The participant will
-learn how to look at space photography and discover scientific information in the image
-write a caption to accompany a scientific image
-imagine a picture that would help illustrate a scientific fact (a helpful researching skill)
-gain scientific information/content about Mars and the solar system
-discover the relationship between science and art

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS K-4, NS 5-8 Science as Inquiry
NS K-4, NS 5-8 Unifying concepts and processes in science.
NS K-4, NS 5-8 Physical Science
NS K-4, NS 5-8 Earth and Space Science
NS K-4, NS 5-8 Science and technology
NS K-4, NS 5-8 Science in personal and social perspectives