The Space Race: How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon

The Space Race: How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon

What do you see when you look up at the night sky? The potential for amazing discoveries and scientific advancement? During the 1950s and ‘60s, some people also saw a place that needed to be claimed.

In The Space Race: How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon, middle school students will explore the bitter rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that served as fuel for the fire that catapulted rockets into the great unknown of the next frontier—space. While Neil Armstrong will always be remembered as the first person to set foot on the moon, the people and events behind this accomplishment populate a fascinating tale of politics, science, technology, and teamwork that resulted in what might be the greatest accomplishment of the twentieth century.

  • The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is July 2019.
  • Primary source links to real footage of the rocket race, the rise of communism, and the red scare promote further exploration beyond the page to deepen readers’ curiosity about this topic.
  • There is talk of a new Cold War as well as a new space race back to the moon and even to Mars.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.99

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 12–15

Subjects

  • Earth/Space Science

Author
 

Illustrator
Sam Carbaugh 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Charts
  • Maps
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619306639
  • Hardcover, 9781619306615

awards info

What do you see when you look up at the night sky? The potential for amazing discoveries and scientific advancement? During the 1950s and ‘60s, some people also saw a place that needed to be claimed.

In The Space Race: How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon, middle school students will explore the bitter rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that served as fuel for the fire that catapulted rockets into the great unknown of the next frontier—space. While Neil Armstrong will always be remembered as the first person to set foot on the moon, the people and events behind this accomplishment populate a fascinating tale of politics, science, technology, and teamwork that resulted in what might be the greatest accomplishment of the twentieth century.

  • The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is July 2019.
  • Primary source links to real footage of the rocket race, the rise of communism, and the red scare promote further exploration beyond the page to deepen readers’ curiosity about this topic.
  • There is talk of a new Cold War as well as a new space race back to the moon and even to Mars.

Reviews

Praise for other books by Matthew Brenden Wood

The Science of Science Fiction
School Library Connection
By exploring the intersection between the arts and sciences, this book provides an engaging discussion of how works of science fiction can influence actual scientific innovation and vice versa. . .The suggested activities included in this title provide many opportunities for collaboration, high-level thinking, discussion, and debate. Recommended.

School Library Journal
VERDICT Jam-packed with high-interest material, this selection will be useful for science classes or literature units that cover the books mentioned within.

Booklist
This latest addition to the award-winning Inquire and Investigate series will be a welcome acquisition for librarians wanting to spice up their STEAM collections.



Author-Illustrator

Matthew Brenden Wood

Matthew Brenden Wood is a math and science teacher with a passion for STEAM education. He is also an avid amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. Wood holds a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives in Phoenix, Arizona.



More Details

Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 12–15
Subjects: Earth/Space Science,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Praise for other books by Matthew Brenden Wood

The Science of Science Fiction
School Library Connection
By exploring the intersection between the arts and sciences, this book provides an engaging discussion of how works of science fiction can influence actual scientific innovation and vice versa. . .The suggested activities included in this title provide many opportunities for collaboration, high-level thinking, discussion, and debate. Recommended.

School Library Journal
VERDICT Jam-packed with high-interest material, this selection will be useful for science classes or literature units that cover the books mentioned within.

Booklist
This latest addition to the award-winning Inquire and Investigate series will be a welcome acquisition for librarians wanting to spice up their STEAM collections.


Projects


Author-Illustrator

Matthew Brenden Wood

Matthew Brenden Wood is a math and science teacher with a passion for STEAM education. He is also an avid amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. Wood holds a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives in Phoenix, Arizona.