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Students explore space science by researching the people involved with it. In this famous explorers lesson, students identify the first people to reach space such as John Glen, Buzz Aldrin and Alan Shephard. Students complete a space science quiz and view a PowerPoint presentation about space exploration.
Students examine the privatization of NASA. In this space exploration lesson, students investigate the Obama administration's policies to privatize some of NASA's flight operations. PBS news videos are referenced in this lesson and several links and worksheets are included.
Students read an E-Sheet about the Mission to Mercury. They follow a variety of worksheets and on-line activities that follow the E-Sheet. They discuss several different scenarios regarding space exploration. They analyze one of the different instruments that was aboard the Messenger.
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.
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.
Sixth graders investigate the historical even surrounding the Apollo Mission to the Moon. They conduct research specifically to find information about the astronauts on the mission. The students conduct class discussion about the importance of the moon landing in history.
Students watch a presentation to learn about space exploration. In this space flight lesson, students use a distance model to study space in relation to Earth. Students read an article from NASA about humans in space. Students complete an activity to study human exploration versus robotic exploration.
Students form a timeline using United States and Russian events in space exploration. In this space exploration instructional activity, students identify an astronaut and cosmonaut and discuss space exploration. Students use a copy of the 'History of Space Exploration' and find its origin on the Internet. Students organize the information from earliest to latest date of explorations.
A ten-lesson study of the history of flight awaits you and your charges. Learners get to do all sorts of great activities: they construct hot air baloons and scale models of the Wright Brother's Flyer, develop an understanding of the physics behind flight, and analyze data from a series of experiments using other things that fly. Outstanding!
Sixth graders research American space exploration. In this space science instructional activity, 6th graders watch a video "America in Space, The First 25 Years" and work in small groups to research a space program. Students create a space history mural to present to the class.