Re: Activities before LFM #5

From: Jan Wee <>
Subject: Re: Activities before LFM #5
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 1997 06:18:54 -0600

Dear discuss-lfm members and David,

At 07:02 AM 11/5/97 +0100, you wrote:
>Our seventh grade students are all going to be watching "Today on Mars" on
>the 13th, and we have time before and afterwards for some activities.  I
>thought it might be fun for them to have a good Mars scifi story read to
>them.  Anyone have any recommendations?
>David Glaser

The discuss-lfm list is a good place to generate pre-broadcast
activities like the above.  

Last fall we had a discussion about the Kim Stanley series (trilogy)
        *Red Mars* *Green Mars* *Blue Mars*
which are written for the older (high school/mature young adult).
This is an award winning series but does have some passages
that involve adult situations.

Some ideas....


Winds of Mars by H.M. Hoover --- A Parent's Choice
Winner...a new FICTION book for middle schoolers.

Willie Bea and the Time the Martians Landed
by Virginia Hamilton  (another award winning author)

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

A cool non-fiction book...
Arthur C. Clarke's *The Snows of Olympus: A Garden on Mars --
the Illustrated Story of Man's Colonization of Mars*
WW Norton & Company, c1994.  This book considers how human beings 
might become the first Martians of science fact, not fiction, by
"terraforming" the desert landscape of Mars into our first settlement
in space.  Some great futuristic color images!!  I think kids will find
this book and the concepts behind it fascinating, and maybe a bit

Thanks, Stephanie, for your suggestion!
How about other suggestions?  

*PLEASE SHARE your input!*

Jan Wee, moderator