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Blast Off Into Space

Ready to be a fearless explorer? Create a spaceship flying among strange new planets, where stars have no limit!

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Take a tour of our sun and its neighbors. Discover stars and black holes. How? Read! Have students research information about outer space, galaxies, and our universe. What distances are there between planets? Stars?
    2. Students research and discuss how spacecraft can fly long distances, return after landing on the moon, or remain in orbit for extended periods of time. What facts about space must engineers keep in mind? What is life like for astronauts on a mission in space and on the ground? What role do computers play in space exploration?
    3. Students use their imagination to draw and color a flying spacecraft with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Erase some of the ship and add contrasting colors.
    4. Draw the sky in the background. Erase lines coming out of the back of your rocket to show it moving through space. Use the eraser to put in stars. Color in the parts you erased.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient fluency and accuracy to support comprehension.

    LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.

    SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.

    SCI: Represent and explain phenomena with multiple types of models.

    SS: Use knowledge of facts and concepts drawn from history, along with elements of historical inquiry, to inform decision-making about and action-taking on public issues.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Students the evolution of travel from the 1700s to the year 2010. What significant changes occurred? How did these changes in transportation affect a country's people? If you extend this look into transportation into the future, what new transportation technologies do you foresee as possibilities? Students prepare a written summary of their research and a projection discussion. Students video-tape their presentation and upload it to a classroom computer for viewing.

    In small groups, students research the history of the Mercury or Apollo astronauts. Develop an organized electronic presentation for classmates to view.

    Research the history of the Mir International Space Station. Investigate interesting facts and find authentic pictures of the space station. Build a replica of this space station, or one from your imagination, using recycled boxes and wrapping-paper tubes, as well as Crayola Model Magic.

    The Hubble Space Telescope has helped scientists research outer space. Students investigate discoveries found via use of the Hubble Telescope. Students will draw sketches of their findings using Crayola Colored Pencils. These sketches can be displayed in the classroom and include a summary of the discovery.

    We have discovered a new planet! In small groups, students brainstorm what the surface of this planet looks like. What is the source of light for this planet? Does the planet have water? What types of life are evident on this planet?


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