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NASA Paves Way for Commercial Space Exploration
Students examine the privatization of NASA. In this space exploration lesson plan, students investigate the Obama administration's policies to privatize some of NASA's flight operations. PBS news videos are referenced in this lesson plan and several links and worksheets are included.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 32 Downloads
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 36 Views 138 Downloads
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.
3rd - 8th Math 12 Views 60 Downloads
The Lesson: Space Exploration
Students explore space. In this current events lesson, students visit selected websites to learn about NASA, Mars, the Seti Institute, and space exploration terminology. Students make space glossaries and their own telescopes.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 9 Views 54 Downloads
HISTORY OF SCIENCE: ASTRONAUTS
Learners 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.
7th - 10th Science 4 Views 29 Downloads
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 49 Views 42 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Just a "Fellow Traveler" in the Human Experience
Young scholars 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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 22 Downloads
Reach for the Stars
Students consider the significance of space exploration. In this space science instructional activity, students visit selected websites to discover information about astronomy, lunar missions, and space travel. Students discuss the value of space exploration.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 15 Downloads
Algebra: Mirror, Mirror on the Universe
Students assess how algebra, telescopes, space exploration and optics are so important in astronomy. They encounter studies on the Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Deep Field and how algebra helps to determine the effects of contamination on Hubble's optics.
6th - 9th Math 6 Views 36 Downloads
Distinguished Discoveries: Florida quarter reverse
Florida's state quarter has an image of a space shuttle and a Spanish Galleon on its reverse side. Pupils will examine the state quarter and think about how the Spanish explorers and Space explorers are the same and different. The class will be split into two groups and either research the Spanish or Astronauts, then they get together to create a Venn Diagram comparing the two.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
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.
3rd - 5th Science 3 Views 14 Downloads
Discovery, Ship to Shuttle
The history of Florida is explored in this lesson which covers topics from Ponce de Leon to space travel. Learners listen to stories about Ponce de Leon's search for the fountain of youth and then move on to a discussion of the space shuttle and the work of astronauts.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
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Beginning with a mosaic of Saturn, zoom into more than 1,000 incredible photos of astronauts, observatories, space exploration equipment, and images collected from throughout the solar system! Also read fascinating, illustrated stories of some of the objects with this application.
1st - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Introduction to Space Exploration
Students examine U.S. History by researching the Space Race. In this space science lesson, students view a PBS documentary titled Sputnik Declassified. Students identify the U.S. and Soviet Union's role in the Space Race and complete a KWL chart based on their current knowledge of the historic situation.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 42 Downloads
Return to the Moon
Learners 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 18 Views 83 Downloads