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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!
5 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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!
4 mins 6th - 10th Science CCSS: Adaptable
An engaging task awaits your starting statisticians: design a menu for a new cafe that offers a total of 240 combinations of a main dish, a side, a dessert, and a beverage. Creative juices will flow as collaborative groups employ lists, tables, or diagrams to come up with the possibilities.
6th - 8th Math CCSS: Designed
Life of an Astronaut
Veteran orbiter, Gerald P. Carr, relates his experience as an astronaut in this worthwhile video. He is never pictured, but creative animations support his personal narration. Include this little treat with your lesson on space exploration to provide a first-person glimpse at this astounding profession.
5 mins 4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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.
3 mins 9th - 12th Science
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.
5 mins 9th - 12th Science
Gravity and the Human Body
How does the absence of gravity affect the human body? The skeletal system, circulatory system, and the sense of balance are all impacted. With a very casual tone, an astronaut explains the changes to these body systems and also an experiment done by neuroscientists on underuse of organs.
5 mins 3rd - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
With the use of a model rocket kit, aspiring aerospace engineers work cooperatively to construct and launch a rocket. A preparatory reading assignment is included, covering Newton's laws of motion and information about the first commercial spaceships, launched in 2011 and 2012.
8th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The whole class plays SKUNK, a dice game of chance in which players can opt to keep accumulated points or try for one more roll in hopes that no 1s show up! As a study in probability, they will keep a data table of outcomes in order to develop a playing strategy.
6th - 8th Math CCSS: Designed
The Fundamentals of Space-Time: Part 2
The mind-bending concept of space-time is further discussed by two cartoon scientists in this second of three animated films. Assign each part and the accompanying Think questions as homework or as an enrichment when working on motion with your physics wizards.
5 mins 9th - 12th Science
What a festive way to examine what happens to the heart in different gravitational situations! Small groups place a water-filled balloon in different locations (on a table top, in a tub of water, and held in a vertical position), drawing the shape of the balloon each time.
5th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Return to the Moon
Students react to statements about space exploration, then read a news article about plans to resume manned flights to the moon. In this space science and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion.
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History
Class Activity: Satellite Tracker
Demonstrate how the Skywatch website works, locating your city via The International Space Station. Have cooperative groups use string and a protractor to identify an azimuth. When each groups' height has been marked, you will have a model of the path of the space station.
5th - 7th Science
Solar Arrays for the Space Station
Students explore the challenges that are faced when transporting materials into space. They review the various forms of energy, including solar arrays, that are used on the International Space Station and how generating this energy calls for collaboration between researches on earth and in space.
K - 4th Science
Astronauts Build Space Station Addition
Students read a story called Astronauts Finish Building Space Station Addition and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. For 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.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Manned vs. Unmanned Space Exploration
Space science superstars examine two data tables: one detailing manned space missions and one with unmanned missions. Seven tasks compare the two types of space exploration. This fascinating information is a great introduction to any unit on outer space.
5th - 8th Science
TIME for Kids: "Put Kids in Space"
Send your class to the moon with this nonfiction reading exercise. After reading a persuasive article about sending kids to space through a lottery, learners complete a reading comprehension lesson reflecting the main points in the article.
5th - 8th English Language Arts