As I read articles and watched the news reports about the Space Shuttle Atlantis and mysterious objects floating in space, I started thinking of how I would use this in the classroom. "What a great opportunity to add some creative writing into the curriculum," was my first thought. What are those objects? Can the students come up with a creative story explaining them and how they got there?
But first, your class is going to need background information. There are videos on unitedstreaming to explain about the International Space Station. Magic School Bus has a great Space Video available as well. Then I went over to Cosmeo. I can play a game and see how quick I am at unlocking the locks of a Space Station, watch videos, read the articles, and more.
Going back to my lesson – I can have students do a mock-podcast as if they were a member of the crew and what their thoughts are of these strange objects. Follow the news and write articles for the newspaper. So many ideas come to my mind. What comes to yours?
Tomorrow they land at 6:21 AM. Those close enough to see or feel it – what is it like? I’ve yet to see a launch and hope to see one too. I can’t wait until we visit the Kennedy Space Center! Who’s joining me?
Image from Cosmeo.