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Who Won the Space Race?
Modern animation presents an overview of the history of space exploration. Beginning with Sputnik in 1957, the international space race was on. Eventually, space exploration became, not a competition, but rather a collaboration. Also, products designed for space have led to commonly used household products! Little bits of humor are present in the animation if you are really observing, and viewers will glean plenty from this presentation. It can be used in a history class when focusing on the 1960s, or in your space unit. Make sure to check out the additional Dig Deeper resources for even more material!
Is Space Trying to Kill Us?
Taking somewhat of a humorous, paranoid viewpoint, this video explores the question of whether or not space objects are likely to take us out. From asteroids, to the sun dying out, to the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, the possibilities are systematically eliminated, at least for now! Where this does not fit into standard space curriculum, it is super engaging and would serve as an interesting attention-grabber at the beginning of any space unit.
Lesson Plan: My Space
Everyone has a special, personal space; here kids will create a collage that reflects that space. They analyze the painting Soup Tureen and Apple, review two poems, and then conceptualize a personal space through art.
2003: A Space Tragedy
Learners examine the facts and logistics connected to the space shuttle Columbia tragedy and present at a teach-in on the incident. February 3, 2003)
Space: NASA's Frontier
Students research the history and accomplishments of the American space program and ponder its role in the future. They gather research on NASA and make small group presentations to the class on their findings and assessments.
Students consider the two finalists in the contest for architectural designs for the site of the World Trade Center. They create their own designs for a meaningful public space, then critique each other's designs.
Space: Our Star the Sun and it's Friends the Planets
Students examine the solar system. In this space instructional activity, students identify the order of the planets and their relative size to the sun. Students create a scale model of our solar system using a variety of household objects.
Space Day Activities
Celebrate Space Day on May 7th with aerospace lessons that are sure to get kids excited about science and engineering!
Connecting with Natural/Open Spaces
Get your class outside, away from the television, and maybe even learning something about nature while they're at it. Individuals will chose an open, natural space to spend time in for several days. Each day they will complete a page in the provided ten-page "Natural Space Journal". For every page of the journal, pupils draw and write about things they see, hear, and think about as they spend time in their chosen open space. The specific prompts at the top of each journal page will get your class noticing things about nature they may not have before, thinking in a scientific way, and hopefully appreciating nature!
Fill-In | Space Tourism
Fill in the blanks, that's what young readers of this New York Times article are going to do. They read an article relating interesting facts about space tourism, then fill in 20 blanks. A copy of the article and a word list is included.
Astronauts Build Space Station Addition
Young scholars read a story called Astronauts Finish Building Space Station Addition and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. In this space station lesson plan, students respond to literature by answering questions, recalling details, sharing facts, building a space station online, create photo timeline, and research astronauts.
Dancing Levels in Space
Students practice mirroring human moves by performing a dance in class. In this physical education lesson plan, students utilize different spaces around them to perform a dance expressing their full motion. Students cooperate in pairs or small groups to perform their dance.
New! Muscles and Bones in Space
Being an astronaut takes not only high mental acuity, but also a high level of physical fitness, especially for those who spend a long amount of time away from Earth, such as the astronauts serving on the International Space Station. Without the constant pull of Earth's gravity on the body, space travelers quickly lose bone density and muscle mass. See how well your middle schoolers or high schoolers understand the concept through a drawing and writing activity. Learners draw and label the bones and muscles of an arm that has been in space versus one that has been on Earth, then devise a diet and exercise plan to combat the bone and muscle atrophy of microgravity.
Plants In Space
In this biology worksheet, students grow corn plants in growth pouches as the control group in an experiment on plant growth in microgravity. Then they analyze any differences that occur between Earth-grown and space-grown corn plants.
Space Telescope Debate
Students investigate the Hubble and Webb telescopes. In this space telescope lesson, students research Internet sites to find out what type of information these telescopes provide. They debate whether it is financially responsible to spend money to look for Earth-like planets.
Liftoff Into Space
Students explore the history of space exploration. In this history of space exploration lesson, students create a timeline of space exploration. Students watch a space video and discuss important events. Students research space exploration on the Internet and write an article about what they have learned.
The Case for Space
Young scholars consider prior knowledge about gravity and flight and learn the physics of the two. They examine the appeal of working for NASA by reading and discussing the article "To Lure Students to Space Careers, A Taste of Flight." They develop and pitch marketing strategies promoting careers in aerospace to young people. Finally they write recommendation letters to NASA.
Paintings About Space
Students examine the painting "Blue Mysteries Near the Sun, No.4." In this visual arts lesson, students brainstorm a list of adjectives to describe space. Students create space paintings inspired by "Blue Mysteries Near the Sun, No.4."
Students explore the significance of the four space programs: Sputnik, Apollo, Viking, and Voyager. For this space exploration lesson, students view a space exploration slideshow and complete an included chart of space exploration.
In this space exploration learning exercise, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about space and resources. Students complete 8 questions total to get their merit badge.