The Final Frontier

      Designed by:  Katina Kirkland for 2nd grade 


 
 



 
 

Welcome aboard space cadets to 
the spaceship Enterprise. We will be using this special spacecraft built just for you to explore our solar system. You are among the few who are about to set off on a great mission that some have never been before. Have you ever wondered how far it is to the moon or how long it would take you to travel to Pluto?  Well grab your space suit and gear to find out these amazing space facts and other out of this world experiences. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Out of This World Websites
1.What do you weigh on Mars?  Visit Kid's Space
to find out!
2.  Would you like your name sent to Mars? Visit this 
 site to find out how you can do this.
3.  Have you ever wanted to take a tour of the nine planets in our solar system?  Visit them now!
4.  For some really cool out of this world games,
visit this site.  You can also visit the Space Telescope Science Institute for more awesome facts and information.
5.  Test your knowledge with these fun and spacey 
games.  At this site is also a movie about "A Day in the Life" of an astronaut kid.
6.  Would you like to build your own comet without
even leaving Earth?  How about looking at amazing pictures from the Hubble Telescope?  This site is for you.
7.  Take a really cool virtual tour of our beautiful
solar system. Also look at the really cool photos and movies and talk to experts.
8.  Which falls faster on the Moon, a feather or a 
hammer?  This website will give you lots of fun facts and interesting information about space.
  9. For more interesting facts about space                  exploration, click on this site.  This site also has information on satellites and probes.
10.  To learn more about our solar system, planets 
and more interesting facts this site is for you! Have fun and enjoy exploring our universe.

 


Mission Scenario #1

Space Cadets, you have been chosen to take part in an important mission. You have been given the opportunity to travel on the space shuttle with other astronauts to each of the nine planets in our solar system  You will explore each planet and report some very important facts about each planet.  Here are the steps to complete your mission.
1.  Click on the virtual tour website you have explored above.  #7
2.  For each planet, draw a picture of what it looks like and list the distance from earth to each planet.
3.  List important facts about each planet.
Be careful and good luck!
 


 
 
 
 
QCCs for Scenario Mission #1

1. Math QCC- Describes and compares areas of similar regions (smaller, larger, same).
2.  Technology QCC- Uses basic research techniques with teacher guidance.


 
 
 
Assessment Rubric for Scenario Mission #1
Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Score
2nd Grade Technology
QCC
Standard 12
Uses basic research techniques with teacher guidance.
Student is able to use basic research techniques with extra teacher guidance. Student is able to use basic research techniques with some teacher guidance. Student is able to use basic research techniques without teacher guidance.  
2nd grade Math QCC
Standard 19
Describes and compares areas of similar regions (smaller, larger, same)
Student is able to describe and compare areas of similar regions with extra teacher guidance. Student is able to describe and compare areas of similar regions with some teacher guidance. Student is able to describe and compare areas of similar regions without teacher guidance.  

Scenario Mission #2

For your next mission, you have been selected as captain of your space crew.  For your assignment: 
1. You and three other astronauts will explore our sun and moon using the above websites. 
2. You will write down as many facts about the sun and moon as you can. 
3. You will then report back to the ground crew with your discoveries. 
4. You will then have all your space crew draw pictures of the sun and moon as your crew has described them. 
Be careful and good luck!


 
 
 
 
QCC's for Scenario Mission #2

1.  Science QCC -  Observes and discusses apparent motion of sun and moon. Understands that the sun, moon and stars appear in the east and set in the west.  Plots the apparent movements of the sun and moon in the sky using shadows or other devices.
2.  Technology QCC- Uses technology to solve problems and make decisions with teacher guidance.


 
 
 
Assessment Rubric for Scenario Mission #2
Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Score
2nd grade Technology QCC
Standard 13
Uses technology to gather information and communicate with others with teacher guidance.
Student is able to use technology to gather information and express ideas with extra teacher guidance. Student is able to use technology to gather information and express ideas with some teacher guidance. Student is able to use technology to gather information and express ideas without teacher guidance.  
2nd grade 
Science QCC
Standard 19
Observes and discusses apparent motion of sun and moon. Understands that the sun, moon and stars appear in the east and set in the west.  Plots the apparent movements of the sun and moon in the sky using shadows or other devices.
Student is able to observe and discuss apparent motion of the sun and moon, understands that the sun, moon and stars appear in the east and set in the west, and plots the apparent movements of the sun and moon in the sky using shadows or other devices with extra assistance. Student is able to observe and discuss apparent motion of the sun and moon, understands that the sun, moon and stars appear in the east and set in the west, and plots the apparent movements of the sun and moon in the sky using shadows or other devices with little assistance. Student is able to observe and discuss apparent motion of the sun and moon, understands that the sun, moon and stars appear in the east and set in the west, and plots the apparent movements of the sun and moon in the sky using shadows or other devices without assistance.  



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