Space Travel Activities and Fireworks

May 18-22

Workshop Activities

1. Craft - Rockets

2. Key Points – Reach for the Stars

3. Collaborative – Spacecraft Trading Cards

4. Language Arts – Space Trip

5. Math/Logic – Space Data

6. Character Connection – Cause and Effect

7. Big Activity – Rocket Science

8. Movement - UFO Race

Fireworks

Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Pretend you are an astronaut in the International Space Station. Write an entry in your log book.

  • Write ten true and false statements about space travel. Let your family and friends take the quiz. How many can they get right?

  • Create promotions for space tourism. These can be in print or video.

  • Explore space with NASA: http://teacher.scholastic.com/space/

  • Create a life-size space station out of cardboard boxes.

  • Play a cause and effect game: http://www.quia.com/mc/94601.html

  • Make a scale model of a space ship.

  • Identify five different space vehicles. Who made them? What are they used for? Write about it in your journal.

  • Pretend that you are going to apply to be an astronaut. Make the job application and fill it out.

  • Make a flipbook of a rocket in space.

  • Based on the space travel that has already been made, what do you think space travel will be like in 10 years from now? 25 years? 50 years? Write your thoughts in your journal.

  • What space travel is going on right now? Document all the missions currently in progress and/or those that are planned. Put them in order of importance.

  • Track the International Space Station: http://www.n2yo.com/

  • Experiment with Kerbal Space Program: https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/en/

  • Do some moon math: http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/MoonFacts.html

  • Design a moon settlement: http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/LunarLifeSupport.html

  • Make a timeline of space exploration.

  • What do you wish you could know about space? Write down 5-10 questions. Email JPL to see if they know the answers to any of your questions. For the questions they don’t have the answers to, consider how you think those questions could be answered.

  • Pretend you went on a long space trip. Make a postcard you might send home. What picture does it have on it? What do you write on it?

  • Pretend you got to make the food that the astronauts will eat in space. Make the food, package it appropriately, and make a label for it, complete with your food company logo.

  • Write a want ad for a space ship that you want.

  • One of the most famous quotes is, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Imagine that you were the first person to step on Mars. What do you say as you step onto the planet?

  • Discover what portion of the solar system, galaxy, and universe has been explored.

  • Make an inventory of the equipment now orbiting the earth.

  • Play pretend with a friend. You are space heroes defending the universe against an evil empire.

  • Draw a spaceship that you wish you could pilot.

  • Write instructions on how to make a rocket.

  • What space exploration do you think should be made? Write a proposal to NASA, explaining where they should explore next and why. Make suggestions for accomplishing it.

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