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TEACHING AND LEARNING SPACE EXPLORATION SCIENCE  HISTORY - STUDENTS ELEMENTARY OUTER SPACE EARTH EDUCATION CURRICULUM KIDS NASA UNITED STATES THEME UNIT RESOURCES ACTIVITIES

 

 

Teach and learn about outer space and space exploration.
 

SCIENCE - SPACE EXPLORATION

 

A lesson plan on outer space exploration.

 

 

Suggested Grades:

5th Grade - 6th Grade - 7th Grade - 8th Grade

 

Introduction:

This unit of study works well as a team project among students. It allows students to work in groups of two or three. The students then share what they have learned with each other.

 

Additionally, this project can be used to incorporate language arts and creative writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPACE EXPLORATION

 

Materials:

1. Research from books or the internet on an astronaut and his/her mission.


2. A 3-D model of your craft.


3. A poster with Photographs or photocopies of the original team and craft.


4. The poster to include a brief summary.

Method:
1. Each student is to select an astronaut to research (see suggested list printable worksheet below).


2. Each student should have 2 possible choices for their report and approve all choices with the teacher. This will prevent any class duplications.


3. All students should submit one group poster to include the research on the astronaut and its manned mission.


4. Students should answer the following questions in their report.
A brief biography of the selected astronaut.
A list of possible other astronauts on the team.
The name of your craft?
What the function of your craft was?
How did the craft launch?
Were there any problems?
How long were they in space?
Why is the craft important (what did it do)?

 

5. As part of the unit on Space exploration each group will be asked to build a 3-D model of their craft.


6. Each group will be asked to make a 5-7 minute presentation.
The 3-D model is only a replica and should not be able to launch in anyway without a signed permission slip before-hand between the student, the teacher and the students' parents. There will be no acceptations!

 

Teachers May evaluate students using a rubrics. To include: A point system for the following areas: Content of the report (looking for information and diversity of sources). Creativity (Does the craft actually look like the original?) Presentation (format, student contributions - Did the group work well together and did each member actively participate?)

 

 

7. As a creative writing project students should write a short story.
See suggested creative writing topics printable worksheet below.

 

8. As a research paper students should write a 2 page paper describing one of the given topics.  See printable worksheets below.

 

 

SPACE EXPLORATION LESSON

PRINTABLES

 

Suggested Topics for Research

 

Suggested topics for research and a list of suggested astronauts.

Creative Writing Topics

 

Suggested topics for a creative writing project.

 

 

 

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