Space Travel Stories

Space Travel Stories lesson plan

An out-of-this-world imagination will help your students write and illustrate a space adventure.

  • 1.

    Have students research information from several sources about the first walk in space and interview family members or neighbors who may remember this walk, and find out their reactions to it. Provide a variety of resources for this investigation and access to the Internet. Specific web sites can be recommended for students to visit.

  • 2.

    Use Crayola® Metallic Crayons, Erasable Colored Pencils, and/or Gel Markers on dark paper to create a picture of an early or super-modern space vehicle. Include a window view of the inside of the vehicle showing the student (as a person or alien) traveling through space. Add details to the surrounding space, including shooting stars, planets, satellites, flying debris, and other space vehicles.

  • 3.

    With metallic colored pencils on white paper, students write about what is seen on the adventure using whole sentences.

  • 4.

    Cut sentences into strips with Crayola Scissors. Arrange the sentences into paragraph groups that tell about one part of the trip. Leave out or rewrite any sentences that don't fit well into a paragraph format.

  • 5.

    Rewrite the story in metallic colors, making each group of sentences a different color. Add a cool metallic border and display with the space vehicle drawing.

  • 6.

    Provide time in the school day's schedule for students to share their space stories with classmates.

Standards

  • LA: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • MATH: Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • SCI: Obtain and communicate information about the sizes of stars, including the sun, and their distances from Earth to explain their apparent brightness.
  • SCI: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of science and technology in the design process for developing and refining devices to understand the universe.
  • SS: Give examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations.
  • SS: Examine the effects of changing technologies on the global community.
  • SS: Identify and use various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and others.
  • VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Space: A Visual Encyclopedia by DK Publishing; 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System by David A. Aquilar;
  • Working in teams of two or individually, students investigate the early life and professional careers of self-selected astronauts from the Mercury and Apollo programs in the United States. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.
  • Students research information about the first American walk in space and/or on the Moon. Compare and contrast these to the first walk in space by Russian cosmonaut Colonel Leonov.
  • Investigate any and all advancements in technology that enabled space programs to be successful. Who were the scientists and engineers behind the advancements? How did each of these advancements move the space programs forward?
  • What if life on Jupiter or Saturn were possible? Students compose an original story of space traveler characters traveling to and living on planets. What information would they bring back to you? Compare and contrast life on Earth with life, as these travelers experienced it, on another planet.