Space Exploration Teacher Resources
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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.
NASA Paves Way for Commercial Space Exploration
Learners 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.
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.
Space Pioneers: Major People Involved in Space Exploration
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.
The Lesson: Space Exploration
Young scholars explore space. In this current events instructional activity, students visit selected websites to learn about NASA, Mars, the Seti Institute, and space exploration terminology. Young scholars make space glossaries and their own telescopes.
The History of Space Exploration
Students research and identify important events that have occurred in relation to space exploration. They work in groups of 3-4 students in order to research an important astronaut on the Internet. They record their finding on a poster board and present to the class.
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!
HISTORY OF SCIENCE: ASTRONAUTS
Students study the pioneers of space exploration and travel; identify some of the early astronauts who prepared the way for others; examine the social and political conditions at the dawn of the Space Age; and differentiate among space practices.
Where Now Man Has Gone Before
Students examine the Apollo lunar landings and past theories about the creation and structure of the Earth's Moon as a springboard for investigating missions and milestones in space exploration since the creation of NASA in 1958.
Behind the Mission to Mercury
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.
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.
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.
Just a "Fellow Traveler" in the Human Experience
Students connect the events of early space exploration to their lives today. After viewing a teacher created gallery, they discuss how the launch of Sputnik and how space exploration in general has positively or negatively affected their lives.
Exploration Across Eras
Young scholars discover the chronology of events related to the Corps of Discovery and the United States space program of the 1960s. They compare the Corps of Discovery's journey with the space exploration program.
Moonwalking to Mars?
Learners examine a quote from George W. Bush's recent speech on space exploration. They evaluate one writer's stance on Bush's space exploration goals by reading and discussing "Plea to Policy Makers: Let's Take Another Giant Step." In groups, students research past presidents' space exploration proposals and programs. They then synthesize their understanding of Bush's space exploration goals by acting in a presidential panel.
Reach for the Stars
Learners consider the significance of space exploration. In this space science lesson, students visit selected websites to discover information about astronomy, lunar missions, and space travel. Learners discuss the value of space exploration.
Space: A Dangerous Place
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.
Make A Case For Space
Learners discuss the benefits and limitations of space exploration. Working in pairs, they design, write, edit, and publish a brochure outlining a commercial space mission. Students persuade their fellow classmates through presentation to purchase their space package.
Wings of Imagination
A ten-instructional activity 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!
Destination Red Planet
Learners explore reasons why people are interested in exploring other planets. After reading an article, they identify developments in the mission to Mars. Using the internet, they research the history of exploring Mars and create a timeline. They write diary entries from the perspective of a scientist.