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Get a Leg Up

Traveling through space is an amazing experience, but it definitely takes a toll on the body. After reading an article and watching a brief video, learners perform an experiment that simulates the effects of zero gravity on the human body.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add this lesson to an upper-elementary science unit on space exploration
  • Allow the class to read the included informational text in small groups, before discussing the content as a class
  • After pairs have recorded their measurements, create a graph of the entire class's data, analyzing the information as whole group
Classroom Considerations

  • Included experiment assumes children can accurately measure length using a tape measure, which you may want to practice ahead of time

  • Lesson plan, worksheet, informational text, and video come in both English and Spanish
  • Step-by-step procedures with supporting illustrations are provided for carrying out the experiment in this lesson
  • Offers ideas for creating cross-curricular connections with the subjects of math, health, and language arts

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Included Materials

  • Una Pierna Arriba
  • Get a Leg Up
  • Una Pierna Arriba
  • How Would Your Body Change in Space?
  • ¿Cómo te cambiaría el cuerpo en el espacio?
  • How Would Your Body Change in Space?
  • ¿Cómo te cambiaría el cuerpo en el espacio?
  • Lab & Experiment
  • Rubric

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