Space Exploration Teacher Resources
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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
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
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
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
Wings of Imagination
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.
5th - 8th Science
NASA Paves Way for Commercial Space Exploration
Students examine the privatization of NASA. For 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.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Space Pioneers: Major People Involved in Space Exploration
Students explore space science by researching the people involved with it. For 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
HISTORY OF SCIENCE: ASTRONAUTS
Young scholars 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
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
"One Giant Leap for Mankind"
Students explore the significance of the Apollo 11 lunar landing by interviewing an adult for memories of the mission. They incorporate their interviews into news articles as 'journalists' in July 1969 to document this historic 'step for mankind.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
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
Algebra: Mirror, Mirror on the Universe
Learners 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
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.
6th Social Studies & History
Behind the Mission to Mercury
High schoolers 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.
9th - 12th Science