Astronauts, space ships, and the moon . . . what kid doesn’t like that kind of stuff, huh? We should build a space ship!
Here’s another collection of lessons and activities for your primary gifted and talented groups. It’s full of hands-on activities across the curriculum, critical thinking questions, participatory reading, and age-appropriate primary source lessons. As always, you’ll get ready-to-print activity sheets, explanations, pictures to lead you through, and Common Core State Standard references. More best practices . . . and more and more to make this collection a sure hit!
Level: GATE and advanced groups in 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades
Act It—The Liftoff: Watch a vintage clip, and then strap into those seats as sound effects and actions take us into space in this improvisation.
No Longer in the Dark: Students construct a cool visual graphic. Students learn about the phases of the moon and respond in writing as they explore figurative language.
Critical Thinking Questions: Students think critically in a discussion about the text and the drawings while building historical perspective.
How Tall is the Saturn V Rocket?: Students compare the Saturn V Rocket to the Statue of Liberty and a house in this math scaling activity.
Ham the Chimp: What are they doing to that chimp in the photo? This primary source activity and video leads students through critical thinking activities.
Splashdown—How do you feel? Students respond in writing about how they might feel if they were Apollo 11 astronauts ready to splash down into the Pacific Ocean.
Model CSM and LM: The heart of the unit! Students construct a model of the Command Service Module and the Lunar Module—complete with a parachute and removable sections.
One Small Step: Students explore the figurative meaning of one of the best know phrases in American history in this primary sources activity—“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Space Age Mania: So why did every kid want a space helmet for Christmas? A primary sources activity.