Exploring Space Fact and Fiction Unit
Exploring Space Fact
- Grade Level: Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Language Arts and Science
Websites to gather information about space and space exploration.
- Gather and use information for research purposes.
- Develop the skills to allow them to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
- Understand the place of the earth in the solar system.
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- Start the class with a discussion of what students already know about space and space
exploration. After discussing what students know, ask students what sorts of questions they
have about space. Create a list of questions that students would like to answer and post it
in a visible spot in the classroom.
- Allow students to explore the factual resources on space and space exploration. Have
children keep the questions that they developed in mind as they conduct their research and ask
them to record answers they find to the classroom's questions.
- Assemble students together to discuss what they found in their explorations. Evaluate whether
questions that were listed initially have been resolved. Discuss and further questions that might
have arisen during students' explorations.
A listing of Websites provided by the National Air and Space Museum
where students can learn more about astronomy. These resources are at a level more appropriate for
- An Inquirer's Guide to the Universe
This exhibit provides the basis for this unit and supplies resources on
space fact and fiction.
Office of Space Science (OSS)
A listing of Websites where students can learn more about space exploration
and the structure of the universe. The page also includes a section on new developments
in space science. These resources are at a level more appropriate for
- Space Science Fact
This is a set of Web resources provided at the
Franklin Museum's exhibit
"An Inquirer's Guide to the Universe." These resources are at a level appropriate
for most students.
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