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Space Exploration

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Erin Schar

on 4 March 2015

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Transcript of Space Exploration

This Interdisciplinary Planning Wheel utilizes the theme of "Space Exploration" to integrate the subject areas of English, Science, Math, Poetry and Art. Through English, students will research the landing on the moon to create both an informational and persuasive writing piece while providing supportive evidence. In Science, students will learn about the unique challenges astronauts face while eating in outer space. By using a word-problem based lesson in Mathematics, students will explore solving equations through the weight of an astronaut's backpack. After reviewing several poems regarding the landing on the moon, students will compose their own poem using factual evidence and poetic devices. Finally, through Art, students will create their visual representation of Apollo 11 or the next spacecraft if man were to returns to the moon. Through the use of a theme versus a curriculum topic, teachers are provided the flexibility of incorporating and extending various lessons within this theme which creates an endless possibility for interdisciplinary connections.

Standards Continued
7.S.1A. Conceptual Understanding:
The practices of science and engineering support the development of science concepts, develop the habits of mind that are necessary for scientific thinking, and allow students to engage in science in ways that are similar to those used by scientists and engineers.
7.S.1B. Conceptual Understanding:
Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.


Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.
Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.

English Language Arts Standards » Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity » Range of Text Types for 6-12
 Students in grades 6-12 apply the Reading standards to the following range of text types, with texts selected from a broad range of cultures and periods.
 Poetry: Includes the subgenres of narrative poems, lyrical poems, free verse poems, sonnets, odes, ballads, and epics.

Space Exploration


Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Lesson Details
For lesson details and handouts, please visit the following links:





Pre-reading Activities
Discussion Questions:
•How many of you have ever looked into the night sky? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel into outer space? Can anyone tell me someone who has been to the moon? Have we gained anything as society since man travelled to the moon? Can you give me some examples?

Teacher read aloud: Book,
Apollo 11: The Moon Landing Logbook

Discussion Question: Solicit, integrate and summarize student responses to the following questions:
•Have you ever seen a picture or a movie of astronauts eating in outer space? It looks pretty funny, right? Why do you think it is so hard for astronauts to eat in outer space? (Write student responses on the board; possible answers include: they are homesick, the shuttle is spinning, they do not have a refrigerator, they do not have an oven, there is hardly any gravity, their food is floating around...)

With the students, come up with a list of foods that would be easy and foods that would be hard for astronauts to eat in space. (Make two lists on the board. Hard foods might include: spaghetti, cereal with milk, salad, etc. Easy foods might be: tortillas, lollipops, M&Ms.) (Teachengineering.org)
•Watch YouTube video: "Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich in Outer Space"

Guided Reading Activities
(See lesson for details)
Students will be placed in groups of 4 and take on the role of the different NASA participants while reading the article "Man Walks on Another World".

Audio recording
: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/1969/12/moon-landing/moon-audio-interactive

Carousel Brainstorming Activity

Research Activity 1
: Graphic Organizer
Research Activity 2
: Graphic Organizer

(See lesson for details)
Lunch in Outer Space Activity: Design Worksheet

Students will take on the role of being NASA engineers to design and create a model device to assist astronauts with their "Lunch in Outer Space."

Post-reading Activities
Research/Writing Activity 1: Students will compose a paragraph using the "3.8" Method from the information obtained in their graphic organizer.
Research/Writing Activity 2: Students will the compose a 5-paragraph essay with their findings of the benefits of a modern day invention or exploration while comparing/contrasting that with the benefits of the landing on the moon.

Poetry: (See lesson details for handouts)
Poetry Activity/Humanities: Teacher poem read aloud: "First Men on the Moon"
Using the space shuttle provided, students will compose a poem using 5 facts they have learned about the landing on the moon while incorporating one example of alliteration and one example of onomatopoeia. Students will cut out their poems to be displayed around the room.

NASA Engineering Team Presentations: Have students to choose one team member to present their team's idea to the rest of the class or have both/all team members present together. Presentations should explain the problem their team is trying to solve, why they chose a particular design, and any challenges they faced in the engineering design process.

Thank you for joining us on our Space Exploration! Please visit the links provided for lesson details and materials
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