The Space Race Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 16 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teacher’s key for easy marking. It contains 42 questions based on a Ted-Ed video and the Royal Air Force museum website.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Ted-Ed video:Who Won the Space Race? The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of the time. The launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Soviet and American use of Nazi Germany V2 rocket technology, and Yuri Gagarin-the first man in space, are all covered by the video. Also, the video describes how America always had to play catch-up during the early days of the Space Race. John Glenn and his time in orbit, President Kennedy's goal to land a man on the moon, and the Apollo program are all discussed as America's response to the Soviets. The video concludes by listing various technological achievements of the Space Race and how these advancements have improved our daily lives. Following the video, students will proceed to the Royal Air-force Museum website. On the website students will learn about both the Soviet and American space programs and their milestones. The creation of NASA, Mercury program, Gemini program, and Apollo program are all described in great detail. A link to the actual footage of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon is also embedded in the assignment. The Soviet space program, The Vostok program, and the Soyuz program are also covered so students can understand the Soviet side of the space race as well. The famous astronauts and cosmonauts of the space race are discussed, as are the tragedies and loss of life both sides suffered during the Space Race.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.