“Challenging the Space Frontier” offers students the chance to learn the historical impact of space exploration with the help of a timeline and various reading and writing activities.
- Students learn the history of space travel, including 25 Space Firsts and three pivotal space missions — Friendship 7, Apollo 11, and STS-7.
- Students will also get to meet several heroes of space travel while browsing the timeline: astronauts Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11; Sally Ride (the first American woman in space) on STS-7; and Mae Jemison (the first black female astronaut) on Endeavour.
- Then students can build their own timelines of important dates and photos of space exploration, building on what they’ve just learned.
Plus, students can:
- Browse compelling Photos of NASA Tools and Toys and fun Photos of Animals in Space
- Read The Moon and the Sun Research Starter, which offers recommended resources to further study space travel
- Learn more about the science of space with the Journey Into Space With the American Museum of Natural History activities.
While participating in "Challenging the Space Frontier," students will:
- Learn about the history of space exploration in the context of the "space race" during the Cold War
- Improve content-area reading skills, including comprehension and vocabulary
- Reflect on what has been learned after reading by formulating ideas, opinions, and personal responses
- Use discussion with peers as a way of understanding information
- Learn to do online research
- Develop thoughtful, focused questions about their reading
- Create a timeline using information and media from their own research
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