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Create an educational poster about the historical women of the U.S. space program called The Mercury 13.
Uncover the history of women in space. Share with the class the not so known story of the Mercury 13 women, thirteen American women pilots who took the astronaut fitness tests in the early 1960s. Refer to the book “Almost Astronauts 13 Women Who Dared to Dream” by Tanya Lee Stone.
Ask students to think of how they would visually communicate the information learned about these women to people by creating a poster to educate friends and family.
Students will present their posters to the class and explain what they chose to highlight about these women.
In the poster displayed in this lesson plan, the student chose to display the names of the Mercury 13 women since they are not household names. To create this poster the directions are as follows:
Cover work area with recycled newspaper. Using Crayola® Watercolor Paints on construction paper, paint the sky in space. Allow to dry.
Draw a star freehand or using a template on construction paper. Cut out 13 stars with Crayola Scissors.
Use Crayola Washable Markers to outline the stars and to write the names of each of the Mercury 13 female pilots in the stars.
Use Crayola Gel Markers on a piece of aluminum foil to draw a space capsule like the ones used in the early space program. Carefully cut out the space capsule with Crayola Scissors.
Use a Crayola Glue Stick to attach the stars and space capsule on the painted space sky.
Glue the completed picture to a larger piece of construction paper and write a message with Crayola Ultra-Clean Markers.
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