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Space Shuttle

By Brian Dunbar
Learn about past, present, and future shuttle missions. Go to behind the scenes for primary source material. This space shuttle page is just one of the components of the NASA web page. which offers sections for the Public, Educators, Students, Media, Policy Makers and Employees. Using the MyNASA feature you can create a personal place to store bookmarks or playlists from the vast resources available on the website. Lesson Plans for kindergarten through career planning are located in the NASA TV section.

Published by NASA in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Technology
Science
Mathematics
History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: Robotics
Solar System
Space exploration
Technology


Vocabulary
Space Shuttle, Space Station, Aeronautics, Expedition, Spacecraft, Universe, Orbit, Payload, Spacesuit, Operation Center,Pre-Flight, Launch pad, Robotics, Universe, Sustainability


Essential Question(s)
1. Where is the space frontier?
2. Why explore our universe?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What is the purpose(s) of the space shuttle missions?
2. What are some of NASA's career options?
3. What are the differences between a day on earth and in the space shuttle?
4. What do you eat while in space?
5. Why are we sending robots on the space shuttle?
6. Do you believe (why or why not)that the space shuttle will become a mode of transportation?

Extension and Activities
1. Language Arts: Research space shuttle take offs/landings. Then write a script of the dialogue between the astronauts and command central.
2. Language Arts: Create a career poster for NASA using images and words.
3. History/Social Science: In a small group decide on what would be included in your time capsule. Create a multimedia presentation of the components of your time capsule.
4. History/Social Studies: Create a podcast news report on a space shuttle success or failure.
5. Mathematics: Creat a timeline for the space shuttle mission. Plot the space shuttle orbit. Include distance, location above the earth, and all the possible dates/locations for landing.
6. Science: OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award -
7. Enter the video contest about NASA technology.
8. Science: Create a team and take on NASA's Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge.
9. Fine & Performing Arts: Create eClips advertisements for NASA careers.


"I am a teacher at 107th elementary school in LAUSD, an inner-city school. Everything good that is given to us - is then taken away. The CADRE has brought art, music, dance, drama and light to a very difficult academic community. The Cadre is the only wonderful experience happening at 107th street school - this program needs to be continually funded. As well as encouraging students to find new areas of expertise, the teachers participate and learn about programs new to them as well. The Kathryn Dunham Dance Company was totally inspiring and intriguing as I got a taste of the dance the students would learn. The Marchall Dance Company was the only HOLIDAY PROGRAM my 1st graders received this year - and it was a dandy! Just Great! Samuel, a 1st grader in my class, was called to join in the welcoming dance and my whole class was proud of him and he was elated. Please, continue the funding for the CADRE. Thank you. Rosemary Pluskat"

Rosemary Pluskat
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LAUSD - Los Angeles, California






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