#CelebrateWithDE – World Space Week

Celebrate World Space Week with other humans around the Earth from October 4 – 10. The 2018 theme is “Space Unites the World” – a great opportunity to talk about the common fascination humans have with the vast space in which we exist. It’s also a good time to talk about curiosity and exploration. We’ve gathered resources about looking to space from where we stand on this spinning globe and venturing out into it thanks the combination of wonder and science. Happy star gazing!


Preface your World Space Week activities with Discovery Science Alliance: Asking Questions(Canadian Version). The program shares the importance of curiosity to scientific investigations. Students are encouraged to practice asking questions about space and see how questions from the past have allowed current space explorations to develop. Ask your students to think of questions before, during, and after your study of the content collections and virtual journeys on the field trips.

Content Collection: Space
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Expand your perspective from Earth, to the solar system, and to the edges of space. Exploration is part of being human; exploring space is the next frontier of our time.

Content Collection: Telescopes
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Look into the eyepiece of a telescope and explore the mysteries of outer space. Astronomers use telescopes to view the most distant objects in the universe.

Generation Beyond: Mars Exploration Virtual Field Trip
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [40:40]

Journey to the location of Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, CO and get insider information on the Orion, Juno, and OSIRIS-REx space missions. See laboratories and simulations, and hear about the vast knowledge to be gained from space exploration and a potential visit to Mars.


Space Day: A Tour Inside NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [28:14]

A detailed tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center depicting new space exploration technologies in development. The program includes a Q&A session with Chief Scientist, Dr. James Garvin.


Extend the development of questioning skills with instructional strategies geared towards asking questions as a path to learning and discovery. Find the entire Content Collection: Questioning (Canadian Version) within our Spotlight on Strategies series. For World Space Week, consider trying The Question Is (Canadian Version), where students provide the questions to your content-related questions, or Paper Chat (Canadian Version), with open-ended questions to help students imagine space exploration. Be sure to post examples of student questions – or answers! – using #CelebrateWithDE on social media!

Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.


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