#CelebrateWithDE – Space Day

May is Space Month! Celebrate all month with us and use these special resources on Space Day, May 5. As you might imagine, Discovery Education has thousands of resources about space. From science to history, you and your students will find a variety of media about the vast universe and all the amazing things in it.


Featured Resources

In case your students have particular interests, we have created Content Collections for the following space topics: Astronomy, Telescopes, Moon, Solar System, Sun, Mars, Stars. Each Content Collection has materials appropriate for every grade level and lesson starters for you.


Strange Space Discoveries

Let’s face it, some of the allure of space is the mystery and possibility. Here are some resources that might make your spine tingle.
 
The PBS NewsHour: Hunt for Alien Life Zooms In on Newly Discovered Solar System
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Health Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Astronomers identify seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star that’s a mere 230 trillion miles from our own planet, raising the tantalizing prospect of life in a solar system beyond our own. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how astronomers made the discovery and what it means.
 
Reuters: Seven Earth-like Planets Found
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Health Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

NASA announces the discovery of seven Earth-like planets that could potentially harbor life.


Careers in Space

For students who want to reach for the stars, here are some resources featuring space careers.
 
Becoming a NASA Astronaut: Record-Smashing 18,300 Americans Apply to Be Astronauts
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Over the span of two months, tens of thousands of Americans who hope to help blaze a trail to Mars and beyond submitted applications for NASA’s 2017 astronaut class. Between mid-December and mid-February, 2016, a record-breaking 18,300 applicants applied for 8 to 14 spots in NASA’s astronaut candidate program this year.
 
NASA Administration and Management Careers
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Becoming an administrative specialist, budget analyst, contract specialist, IT specialist, and public affairs specialist are the major career opportunities in NASA administration and management, and the focus of these careers is to help and manage other NASA employees.
 
Astronaut Training
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 9-12, Video Segment

Describes how NASA uses a 6-million-gallon swimming pool to train astronauts for work on the International Space Station. The segment also examines the science behind the twelve-million-dollar space suits used by NASA astronauts.


Virtual Field Trip (Archive)

This archive is accessible any time, so students can revisit the experience again and again.
 
Generation Beyond: Mars Exploration Virtual Field Tri
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Journeys to the location of Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, and reveals insider information on the Orion, Juno, and OSIRIS-REx space missions. The program follows hosts Dr. Crystal Dilworth and Larry Price through various laboratories and simulations, and introduces the vast knowledge to be gained from space exploration.


SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Step Inside
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This is a teaching strategy that encourages students to consider content from multiple perspectives. Students are assigned roles that may be found within a piece of media and then answer questions from the point-of-view of their assigned person or object. Use this strategy to spark students’ imaginations about space travel or to have them more deeply consider a particular career.

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