ICEBERGS -- Upper Elementary (4th-8th Grade) Children's Summer Reading List

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ICEBERGS -- Upper Elementary (4th-8th Grade) Children's Summer Reading List

In partnership with National Building Museum

Through September 5, 2016, the National Building Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction.
 
Explore these topics and learn more about architecture, climate change, and polar exploration at the National Building Museum and through books! With the help of the National Building Museum, we have compiled several reading lists to get you started.
 
Designers and landscape architects like James Corner, creator of ICEBERGS, design spaces and buildings in which people live, work, and play. To learn more about what architects do, check out the Young Architect series, including Working Homes and Adventure Homes, by Gerry Bailey. Bailey uses cartoon drawings of real life structures to illustrate how the shape and function of the house impacts the interior design. Round Buildings, Square Buildings, and Buildings that Wiggle Like a Fish by Philip M. Isaacson compiles images and information about over 90 buildings from different architectural periods and from around the world.
 
ICEBERGS was inspired by polar glaciers that have formed the earth’s surfaces. European and American explorers began charting the Polar Regions over 100 years ago. Born in Charles County, MD, in 1866, Matthew Henson was the first African-American Arctic explorer. Among the many books written about Henson, two stand out: the biography I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer by Carole Boston Weatherford and the graphic novel First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson by Simon Schwartz. Weatherford’s poetic biography uses a first person narrative to bring the reader directly into Henson’s life whether he is learning to sail, speaking Inuit, or fighting racism. Schwartz’s fictionalized account of Henson’s life reads almost like a memoir with dual timelines of Henson reflecting on and experiencing his adventures.
 
Want to try creating your own iceberg-rich landscapes? Try Amazing Arctic and Antarctic Projects You Can Build Yourself by Carmella Van Vleet which includes information about the Polar Regions and activities for all ages. All the ICEBERGS in the installation are composed of triangular elements, which can be explored in Shapes in Math, Science, and Nature: Squares, Triangles, and Circles by Catherine Sheldrick Ross. Additional activities about the natural world can be found in Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth by Joshua Sneidemen and Erin Twamley. Climate Change, part of the “Build It Yourself” series, focuses on the ecosystem as a whole, the causes and effects of climate change, and how small changes can have lasting effects. 
 
There are a growing number of books about climate change and its impact, including the following three titles: How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch, Earth’s Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Overload by James Bow, and Arctic Thaw: Climate Change and the Global Race for Energy Resources by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson. Published in 2008, Cherry and Braasch utilize the scientific method to explore the significant work of professional scientists and citizen scientists, including children, who observed and documented environmental changes in the early 2000s. Bow focuses on energy sources and sustainable energy in his slim addition to climate change informational books. McPherson explores the increased accessibility and questionable ownership of natural energy sources in the Arctic. 
 
Find ICEBERGS reading lists for early elementary children, teens, and adults.
 
 
ICEBERGS
July 2, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Visit ICEBERGS in the National Building Museum's Great Hall. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation is part of the annual Summer Block Party series, July 2 - September 5.