Searching for great resources to help students understand the Cold War Space Race and what a huge challenge it was to make it all the way to the moon in just a decade? Look no further than this From the Earth to the Moon worksheet
covering a key episode from the acclaimed HBO series!
The series has 12 episodes, but finding time to show them all would be nearly impossible in a class setting. For that reason, I've broken out my worksheet set on the series into individual episodes so you can buy only what you need.
ABOUT THIS EPISODE 10 FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON WORKSHEET
"Galileo was Right" stands apart in this series as the most science-laden of the episodes. This episode explores in detail the advantages that a manned space program has over an unmanned one, specifically in the area of scientific discovery. As a geologist early on in the episode explains, a robot rover can pick up rocks, but it's really on a human being who can distinguish which rocks are likely to be significant in terms of geology.
The astronauts get trained in earth science in this episode so they can identify geologic formations and collect the right rocks -- ones that might yield useful information -- instead of just random ones. Watching this episode is great for earth science classes who can "tag along" as the astronauts take field trips into the desert and learn to identify key types of landforms and the rocks associated with them.
At the end, there's a recreation of a real physics experiment done on the moon, proving that Galileo was right about the speed of falling objects in a vaccum!
EPISODE 10 SUMMARY:
"Scientist astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, a geologist, persuades his mentor, professor Lee Silver, to train the Apollo astronauts in selecting appropriate rock samples to collect through field experience, rather than the boring classroom lectures NASA has been using. Silver takes the four Apollo 15 prime and backup landing crew members (David Scott, James Irwin, Richard F. Gordon, Jr., and Schmitt) to the southwestern desert, while lunar geologist Farouk El-Baz trains the Command Module pilots (Alfred Worden and Vance Brand) in high-altitude recognition of geological features using airplane flights over Hawaii. Schmitt is disappointed to learn his own Apollo 18 flight will be cancelled, but he still believes the training of the other astronauts is vital. It pays off when Scott and Irwin find the "Genesis Rock", originally believed to come from the Moon's primordial crust. The title refers to Scott's reproduction of an experiment proving Galileo's hypothesis that gravity will cause bodies of differing masses to fall at the same rate in a vacuum, by dropping a hammer and a feather."
HOLD STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR VIEWING
This worksheet provides students with 14 questions to answer and includes both true/false and multiple choice items. Since the question types are not mixed together, teachers who want some flexibility can use the true/false during viewing and the multiple choice afterwards as a discussion springboard or a quiz (or vice-versa).
To assist the teacher, an annotated answer key is provided. This answer key consists of not just answers, but also helpful commentary and additional information that will help to enrich review and discussion of the episode and the Apollo program.
LOOKING FOR MORE FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON WORKSHEETS?
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From the Earth to the Moon Worksheet for Episode 2: The Apollo I Fire
From the Earth to the Moon Worksheet for Episode 4: 1968
From the Earth to the Moon Worksheet for Episode 5: Spider, or the Development of the Moon Lander Vehicle
From the Earth to the Moon Worksheet for Episode 6: Mare Tranquillitatis, or Apollo XI Lands on the Moon!
From the Earth to the Moon Worksheet for Episode 7: That's All There Is, or the Moon Program Continues with Apollo XII
From the Earth to the Moon Worksheet for Episode 10: Galileo was Right, or Science as an Integral Part of the Apollo Program
From the Earth to the Moon Worksheet for Episode 11: The Original Wives Club, or the Contributions of Women to the Space Race and the Apollo Program
BEST VALUE: A BARGAIN BUNDLE OF ALL OF THE ABOVE FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON WORKSHEETS:
Seven Episode Bundle: From the Earth to the Moon Video Worksheets
Video Questions by Elise Parker