Gerbils in space?!? It sounds strange, but this assignment is based on a true news story!
This is a fun assignment that is certain to grab your students' attention. It allows students to demonstrate an understanding of space science vocabulary words while showing their creativity and personality at the same time. This product includes a summarized version of the story. The summary is followed by a thorough description of the assignment. The document is an RTF file which will allow you to easily tweak things if necessary. However, with a science class that has been studying space and spacecraft, this assignment should be good as is.
This could also be used as a language arts assignment at the elementary level. It provides science content that is often missing in the elementary classroom while providing an opportunity for research and creative writing.