Ch 4: Space Exploration Lesson Plans & Resources

About This Chapter

Learning about space exploration is fascinating for many students, but you can further engage them using the lesson plan outlines in this chapter. You will find details about classroom and homework activities you can assign to your students as fun ways to help them learn facts about this topic.

Space Exploration Lesson Plans & Resources- Chapter Summary

This chapter provides detailed lesson plans on space exploration facts that you can incorporate into your existing science class syllabus. These lesson plans explain group and individual activities you can use to facilitate class participation and enhance your students' learning experience regarding such topics as the development of space exploration and space travel in the latter part of the 20th century through today, the history of NASA, specific astronauts, the use of the Mars Rover and more.

Accompanying video and text lessons are great supplemental resources you can use during class to give students a deeper look at these topics. Refer to our suggested classroom discussion topics based on these lessons to further engage your students.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Ensures that your lesson plans meet your objectives of teaching students about key space exploration events
  • Student engagement: Maintains student interest through fun activities and projects that let them explore space science material outside of a traditional syllabus
  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Details hands-on and research activities and projects you can use to further your students' interest in space exploration

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning space exploration lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific space exploration topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related space exploration lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of space exploration.
  • Engage your students with relevant space exploration-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

37 Lessons in Chapter 4: Space Exploration Lesson Plans & Resources
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Space Exploration Lesson Plan for Kids

1. Space Exploration Lesson Plan for Kids

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to space exploration. Students will read or listen to a text lesson, create a timeline of space exploration, and imagine a trip to Mars with their peers.

Space Exploration Lesson for Kids: History, Timeline & Facts

2. Space Exploration Lesson for Kids: History, Timeline & Facts

In this lesson, you will learn about the technology that made space exploration possible, and about the race to be the first country to accomplish the feat of traveling into space. The lesson will unfold a timeline of discoveries and history-making events that have shaped what we know about the vast realm beyond our atmosphere.

Mars Rovers Lesson Plan

3. Mars Rovers Lesson Plan

What are the Mars rovers and why were they created? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to lay out key facts about the rovers on Mars for students. A group activity gives students a chance to be creative while showing what they've learned.

Mars Rovers: Curiosity, Opportunity, & Spirit

4. Mars Rovers: Curiosity, Opportunity, & Spirit

There's a lot we don't know about Mars, but much of what we do know is thanks to the Mars Rovers. In this lesson, we'll talk about the history and missions of these robots, and see how we are using them to change our ideas about space.

NASA Lesson Plan

5. NASA Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about NASA. A text lesson gives the history and explorations of NASA and discusses scientists who work there. Use this anchor text to practice informational reading skills, then apply information to an activity.

NASA Facts: Lesson for Kids

6. NASA Facts: Lesson for Kids

Studying and exploring the universe is the challenging, but interesting, job of people who work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In this lesson, you'll learn more about the history of NASA and the explorations it conducts.

NASA Activities & Games

7. NASA Activities & Games

Few organizations have changed the way we view our world as much as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Use these activities and games to help students learn about NASA and its historical importance.

Astronaut Lesson Plan for Elementary School

8. Astronaut Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What do astronauts do and how can someone become one? A text lesson outlines key facts about astronauts for students. An activity gives students a chance to honor astronauts with trading cards.

Astronauts Lesson for Kids

9. Astronauts Lesson for Kids

Astronauts explore outer space and have contributed a great amount to space exploration studies. Learn about the people who truly have a job that is out of this world!

Neil Armstrong Lesson Plan

10. Neil Armstrong Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Neil Armstrong. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography and facts about his life, interact with content in creative ways, and demonstrate understanding in ways you can check.

Apollo 11 Lesson Plan

11. Apollo 11 Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the Apollo 11 mission with this lesson plan. Students will review a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in three activities to solidify concepts.

Apollo 13 Lesson Plan

12. Apollo 13 Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the Apollo 13 mission and near-disaster. They will engage with primary sources from the time and summarize that information.

Apollo 13: History, Mission & Crew

13. Apollo 13: History, Mission & Crew

This lesson is about the Apollo 13 mission into space, whose objective was to land on the moon. We'll go into a little of the history of the mission, and talk about the crew, who would have a once in a lifetime experience.

Almost Astronauts Lesson Plan

14. Almost Astronauts Lesson Plan

The contributions of the Mercury 13, women who wanted to become astronauts in the early days of the space program, are explored in this lesson plan, which is based on the book, 'Almost Astronauts' by Tanya Lee Stone. Students actively research the lives of these women pioneers and develop brochures to share this information with others.

Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone: Summary & Characters

15. Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone: Summary & Characters

This lesson explores the history of women astronauts as told in Tanya Lee Stone's ''Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream''. We will learn about the 13 astronauts who pioneered the right for women to explore space.

Space Shuttle Lesson Plan for Elementary School

16. Space Shuttle Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is a space shuttle and how does it work? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain the parts and functions of space shuttles. An activity creates a visual model of the space shuttle for students.

The Space Shuttle Lesson for Kids

17. The Space Shuttle Lesson for Kids

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! The space shuttle program had many successful missions to space in United States history. In this lesson, you will learn more about the history, parts, and missions of the space shuttle.

Space Shuttle Activities & Games

18. Space Shuttle Activities & Games

If your class is studying space exploration, learning about the space shuttle is a must. Use these activities and games to help students explore the space shuttle and its importance to understanding our universe.

Space Travel Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. Space Travel Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Space travel is just as exciting today as when it started years ago. Your students can learn about space travel while reading and discussing a text lesson, creating a timeline, and taking a quiz.

Space Travel Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

20. Space Travel Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

Space travel began many decades ago, with major accomplishments along the way. What are some highlights and what is happening with space travel today? Read more to find out.

Space Race Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Space Race Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will help you to introduce the concept of the Space Race to students. It will cover the main points of the Space Race and help to ensure that students have an understanding of what the Space Race was as well as the major events that took place during the Space Race

Space Race Activities & Games

22. Space Race Activities & Games

Starting in the 1950s, the United States and the Soviet Union were racing against each other to see who could make the most developments in space exploration. This lesson contains activities and games for your students to learn more about the Space Race.

International Space Station Activities & Games

23. International Space Station Activities & Games

The International Space Station is fascinating because of its purpose and the international collaboration that went into it. This lesson offers games and activities to help students review information learned during a unit based on the ISS.

Space Exploration Activities & Games

24. Space Exploration Activities & Games

Space exploration is an exciting concept that students of all ages enjoy learning about. The following activities and games will provide an introduction to planets, stars, and other concepts of space.

Sally Ride Lesson Plan

25. Sally Ride Lesson Plan

Educate your students about legendary pilot Sally Ride with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson about Sally Ride, take a related quiz, and participate in a fun hands-on activity.

Saturn V Lesson Plan

26. Saturn V Lesson Plan

Your students will be over the moon when you use this lesson plan to present the Saturn V rocket project in class. Students will use outlining to focus on details, build replica rockets and compose a newspaper article to consolidate their knowledge.

Saturn V Rocket: History, Size & Facts

27. Saturn V Rocket: History, Size & Facts

The largest rocket ever flown was the Saturn V, which took astronauts to the Moon. It was a smartly designed way to solve a complicated problem with a short deadline. Built in the 1960s, none fly today.

Mission to Mars Lesson Plan

28. Mission to Mars Lesson Plan

What would it be like to take a mission to Mars? This lesson plan explores this idea with the help of a detailed video lesson. An activity challenges students to plan a mission to Mars.

Mission to Mars Activities

29. Mission to Mars Activities

As students learn about space exploration, consider studying past missions to Mars and the possibilities for future missions. Use these activities to help students understand the history of Mars exploration and examine questions yet to be answered.

Astronomy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

30. Astronomy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Do you need a fun and simple way to teach elementary students about the fascinating field of astronomy? This lesson plan is just the thing you need! A text lesson outlines key facts and a telescope craft creates a fun and meaningful takeaway.

Astronomy Projects for Middle School

31. Astronomy Projects for Middle School

Astronomy can be lots of fun, especially when students are actively involved in a project. Why not try a few of these astronomy project ideas in your middle school classroom?

Astronomy Activities

32. Astronomy Activities

Want to make your astronomy unit out of this world? This lesson details several activity ideas that will engage students in learning about astronomy in meaningful ways.

Hubble Telescope Lesson Plan

33. Hubble Telescope Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces high school students to the Hubble Space Telescope. Students will read and discuss a text lesson and then brainstorm and debate possible future uses of the HST.

Hubble Telescope Activities & Games

34. Hubble Telescope Activities & Games

Launched in 1990, the Hubble telescope orbits the Earth and collects important information for scientists and astronauts. The following activities and games will help your students learn more about the telescope.

Telescope Lesson Plan

35. Telescope Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students learn about different kinds of telescopes: radio, reflecting, and refracting. After reading an informational passage and taking notes, students apply what they have learned to a collaborative writing task.

Telescope Activities for Kids

36. Telescope Activities for Kids

Learning what a telescope is and how it works can be of great help in introducing students to astronomy. This lesson offers fun activities that will teach children more about telescopes.

Mars Rover Project Ideas

37. Mars Rover Project Ideas

The Mars Rovers have captured the public imagination for years, and it's not hard to understand why. These projects can help your students learn more about Mars exploration and the significance of the Rover missions.

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