This activity is a great way for students to discover or review important events in the history of space exploration. No prior knowledge of space exploration is necessary as students must use their prior knowledge of sentence structure and grammar to complete the activity. Integration of language arts in science for the win!
Students will work as a group to put the pieces of a sentence that has been cut apart in the correct order to form a complete sentence about space exploration. Students will complete fourteen separate sentence scrambles. Once the sentences have been verified as correct by the teacher, students will use the sentences to complete a space exploration timeline that can be used as notes or placed in an interactive notebook. This activity usually takes two one-hour class periods.
There are two options for levels of difficulty in the sentences, one set containing simpler sentence structure, the other more complex. Each level also has two different difficulty options, with one set containing capital letters and punctuation, the other set without capital letters and punctuation. Also included is a sheet with activities for early finishers and answer key for the timeline.
Topics of the sentences include:
International Space Station
Challenger and Columbia disasters
Mars rover Curiosity