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In these space science worksheets, students find the words in the word search puzzle. Students then answer the nine questions about the planets.
Using NASA's planet fact sheets, collaborative groups discuss what the basic needs are for a human to survive, and how likely he would be to survive on another planet. Assign each group a different planet and have them compare its statistics to those of Earth. They also read and discuss a New York Times article about the 1999 launch of the Mars Polar Lander and the Mars Climate Orbiter.
In this changes around us worksheet, students answer questions about earth and space science. Students answer fifteen multiple choice, true and false, and fill in the blank questions.
Third graders identify the different planets that make up the solar system. For this space science lesson, 3rd graders construct a scale model of the major planets. They explore their different unique features and dress up as planets.
Learners engage in science, math, and language activities as they do research on the components of the solar system. The class begins with some anticipatory activities and discussions before it is divided into small groups to conduct research on one specific space object such as a planet, the moon or comets. This resource provides a list of possible research prompts and activities for groups to complete. After the research is complete, each group prepares and presents a display on their objec
Students participate in a space science WebQuest. In this space science lesson, students work in teams to complete a WebQuest where they have to design an M&M dispenser that would work in space.
Students explore space science by viewing a video in class. In this astronaut lesson, students identify the living habits of astronauts by researching the NASA website and observing a space science video in class. Students participate in a space exploration discussion and decide if they would like to be astronauts.
Students build a scaled model of the solar system. In this space science lesson, students arrange them according to their distances from the sun. They analyze each planet's unique features such as density and relative gravity.
Students explore space science by researching the people involved with it. In this famous explorers activity, 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 identify the different objects that orbit Saturn. In this space science lesson, students plot the graph of orbital speed and distance. They explain why planets and asteroids remain in orbit around the sun.
Students compare distances in space. In this space science lesson, students explore what a light year is. They create a poster advertising a transportation method that travels at the speed of light.
Students explore the solar cycle through a series of experiments. In this space science instructional activity, students construct and evaluate solar cycle graphs. They explain how this phenomenon affects the Earth.
Students explore space science by viewing videos on YouTube. For this moon landing lesson, students view clips of Neil Armstrong taking his first step on the moon and discuss the space race between the U.S. and Russia. Students utilize graph paper to create a space related crossword puzzle using space science vocabulary.
The creation of an online science journal is the focus of this excellent lesson. Fifth graders utilize PowerPoint, and digital kits in order to create their journals. The journals include a space science word, its definition, the word used in a sentence, and an accompanying image. The final products look fabulous! Excellent websites and worksheets to guide them through the process are embedded in the plan.
Students study the unique environment of the moon and Mars. In this space science lesson, students design a city located in the outer space. They create a computer aided design, models or drawings of their cities and share them with the class.
Explore space science by reading a non-fiction book in class. Pupils read the book Science All Around and discuss the technical aspects of scientific investigation, particularly space exploration. Then they define a list of scientific vocabulary terms and answer study questions.
A superb interdisciplinary approach highlights this activity which incorporates space science knowledge and narrative skills. After reading The Magic School Bus, two excellent poems, and watching a video, all about our solar system, young scholars write about their favorite planet and why they like it. Numerous writing activities are included. Extensions suggested include keeping an illustrated Solar System Journal.
Students model how meteors fall to the surface of planets. In this space science lesson, students identify different types of meteorites using an interactive online website. They investigate the relationship between a meteorite's size and its crater size.
Students identify the challenges encountered by astronauts in operating a planetary rover. In this space science lesson, students create a rover using their team members. They follow a command sequence from the driver and navigate through the obstacles.
In this recognizing space science vocabulary activity, students read clues, count number of letters with one given, and fill in the blanks with puzzle words. Students write 21 answers.

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