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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!
New Review The Fundamentals of Space-Time: Part 3
If you weren't already blown away by first two installments, check out this clip on how gravity and space-time interact! Our physicist friends, Pontzen and Whyntie, continue their discussion of these motion concepts for your high schoolers during a quantum mechanics unit.
New Review The Fundamentals of Space-Time: Part 1
A smart series of videos attempts to describe the relationship between space and time. In this first episode, two educators hold a discussion using slides and a flip-book approach to put the two things together. Make sure to follow this with parts two and three of the series.
Students examine the facts and logistics connected to the space shuttle Columbia tragedy and present at a teach-in on the incident. February 3, 2003)
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 examine the solar system. For this space lesson, 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.
Celebrate Space Day on May 7th with aerospace lessons that are sure to get kids excited about science and engineering!
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.
Learners 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.
In this space station worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about the space station. Students complete 10 activities total.
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. In this space exploration activity, students view a space exploration slideshow and complete an included chart of space exploration.
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.
In this space exploration worksheet, learners use their workbook to answer short answer questions about space and resources. Students complete 8 questions total to get their merit badge.
Young scholars discover what outer space is and the things one may find in it. In this outer space lesson, students read books, sing songs, and make crafts while rotating through outer space centers. Young scholars practice using the letter S, the number 8, the star shape, and the color white.
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.
A fun activity to demonstrate the very complicated and intangible concept of a curved universe. The instructions for creating a Mobius Strip, and therefore, curved space is given. The six questions ask for conclusions about this movement of energy, but still would benefit from context support and additional instruction from the teacher.
Students brainstorm names of astronauts from NASA space missions. They are explained that the Cold War was not actually a war but pervasive tension that existed between the United States and the Soviet Union for several decades following World War II. Students discuss that NASA was founded in 1958, one year after the Soviets launched Spuntnik1. They work in groups and each group is assigned one of the manned space programs.
Students identify important figures in space travel and advancements made possible because of their contributions. They identify the parts of an astronaut's space suit and construct a realistic replica of an astronaut dressed for a space walk.
Let’s explore space! Learners independently read a nonfiction book, Space Stations, which highlights the first space stations and the plans for future space stations. The reading strategy of previewing pictures and captions is the focus for this lesson. After their independent read, the class comes back together to clarify any confusion and discuss provided reading questions. Who doesn’t love learning about space?