Phonics Museum Reader #27

Phonics Museum Reader #27

Moon Mission

by Tom Garfield
Publisher: Veritas Press
Student Reader, 31 pages
Current Retail Price: $3.00
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This is the twenty-seventh of thirty-one readers used in the Veritas Press Phonics Museum program, designed for first grade.

Sample Section:


Then it was time to go back.
The Eagle shot off the moon and made a connection with the other section of the capsule in space.
When the astronauts got back to Earth there was a great celebration!
So next time you look up at the moon, remember that God let men walk there.

Story Background:

After World War II ended in 1945, the USSR and U.S. began a "Cold War" (not declared or planned) over communism's spread in the world. The USSR wanted to spread communism into weaker countries and the U.S. Helped weaker countries resist communism. While there were deadly battles fought in Korea (1950-53) and Vietnam (1961-1975), the USSR and the U.S. also competed against each other in science and technology. After the USSR put the first satellite into space in 1957, the U.S. also competed against each other in science and technology. After the USSR put the first satellite into space in 1957, the U.S. determined to beat the Soviets at what became known as the "Space Race".

In 1961, Pres. John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would work to have the first man on the moon by the end of the decade. Accordingly, Alan Shepard became the first American in space in 1961. By the next year John Glenn became the first man to orbit the earth. Despite deaths and near tragedies, the American space program continued to reach for the moon. Finally, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. The "Space Race" had been won!

Other moon missions followed until the lunar program was terminated at the end of the 1970s and work was begun on the space shuttle. The U.S. and USSR also put an end to the Cold War and began a cooperative effort on a permanently manned space station. Worldwide cooperation continued with the construction of an international space station.

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