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Space Exploration Using Technology in the Science Curriculum. Brynn Griswold and Brianne Irving. Website: NASA/NASA Kid’s Club. Prescribed Learning Outcomes: Grade 3-Earth and Space Science: Stars and Planets It is expected that students will:

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Space exploration using technology in the science curriculum

Space ExplorationUsing Technology in the Science Curriculum

Brynn Griswold and Brianne Irving


Website nasa nasa kid s club

Website: NASA/NASA Kid’s Club

Prescribed Learning Outcomes:

Grade 3-Earth and Space Science: Stars and Planets

It is expected that students will:

describe characteristics and movements of objects in our solar system

Grade 6-Earth and Space Science: Exploration of Extreme Environments

It is expected that students will:

explain obstacles unique to exploration of a specific extreme environment

assess technologies used for extreme environments

describe contributions of Canadians to exploration technologies

  • http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html (General NASA website with sections for educators and for students)

  • http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/ (NASA Kid’s Club)


Space exploration using technology in the science curriculum

  • This website provides students and educators with valuable information, media and other resources about space and space exploration. The section for students and for educators includes videos, images, news topics, games, picture dictionaries, homework topics, career information, etc. that are appropriate for any age.

    To incorporate this website into a unit we could do things such as:

  • Showing some of the videos (i.e. Stay clean without taking a bath Elmo video”)

  • Getting students to create their own space/space exploration picture dictionaries

  • Use the “homework topics” as a research jigsaw activity

  • Do a short lab on how objects move differently on Earth than they do in space using the Buzz Lightyear Mission #5

  • Use the “Cosmic Questions” to test their knowledge

  • Have them create their own planet using the “Extreme Planet Makeover”


Student accountability

Student Accountability

-Have students explore the website in the computer lab and monitor them to make sure they are on task

-Scavenger Hunt Question Sheet to help them explore the website

-Creating their own picture dictionaries using information found on the websites

-Researching a homework topic and presenting it to a group of students in a Jigsaw type activity

-Write a lab “report” on the differences in movement between objects on Earth and in space


Video bill nye demonstrates distance between planets http www youtube com watch v 97ob0xr0ut8

Video : Bill Nye Demonstrates Distance Between Planetshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Ob0xR0Ut8

Prescribed Learning Outcome for Grade 3:

Earth and Space Science: Stars and Planets

It is expected that students will:

Describe characteristics and movements of objects in our solar system

  • In this video, Bill Nye creates a to-scale representation of our solar system by riding his bike along a stretch of highway from a point designated as the sun, to each of the planets that exist in our solar system. This video allows students to visualize the vast distance that exists between each of the planets in our solar system and the sun.


Discussion questions

Discussion Questions

  • In the model, how many meters away is mercury from the sun? How many meters away is the earth, etc?

  • How do these large distances between the planets influence our exploration of our solar system? What limitations do these distances have?

  • What is the purpose of creating a life-size representation or model of the planets and the solar system?


Space exploration using technology in the science curriculum

Video: On-Board the International Space Station

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasaeclips/search.html?terms=&category=1000

  • Prescribed Learning Outcome for Grade 6:

    Earth and Space Science: Exploration of Extreme Environments

    It is expected that students will:

    Explain obstacles unique to exploration of a specific extreme environment

    Assess technologies used for extreme environments

    Describe contributions of Canadians to exploration technologies

  • In this video, the International Space Station is explored. This video provides students with a brief history of the construction of the ISS, as well as the satellites unique characteristics and purpose.


Space exploration using technology in the science curriculum

Discussion Questions:

  • What is Canada’s role in the international space community?

  • What is the purpose of the International Space Station? Why do we send astronauts to live on the ISS?

  • What have astronauts on the ISS learned about the human body?

Discussion Questions

  • What is Canada’s role in the international space community?

  • What is the purpose of the International Space Station? Why do we send astronauts to live on the ISS?

  • What have astronauts on the ISS learned about the human body?


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