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Space Week focuses on concepts that enable students to make concrete observations in the early grades (K—2) and move to concepts that help students develop their internet research and writing skills in middle and upper grades (Grades 3—5), and culminates with the development of science investigation design skills (Grade 6). To help launch your students’ interest in space science, this article presents inquiry-based space lessons, which are aligned with the National Science Education Standards.
A selection from Science and Children—September 2008
I thought this resource was great for a teacher trying to make time to teach about space. It separates the teaching of the solar system for k-4th grade and 5-8th grade. Each section lays out exactly what you should be teaching your students and how though a one week unit known as space week. It extends this information to books and other resources you could use to help enhance the lesson.
A Week For Space is an excellent resource because it provides a model for creating a school wide unit on the Earth Sun Moon connection and beyond. The units described offer a springboard for more detailed lessons.
Elizabeth Cooke (San Leandro, CA)
This article presents a week of lesson plan ideas for grades K-8 on space science. Each lesson could easily be adapted for a higher or lower grade level. There is a wealth of lesson plan ideas, and ideas on how to move students from concrete observations to higher level concept understanding. Many of the lessons also address the need to increase students’ writing skills and incorporate a strong writing component into the lesson. Overall, a great idea with some great lesson plan ideas to support it.
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)
This article describes how a group of elementary schools in a district studied space during the same week. Grades levels had activities geared toward their specific science standards. Each of the activities are explained in the article. Students shared information across grade levels since they were all studying space at the same time.
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)
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