In the Mystery, students examine how physical traits can be influenced by the environment. In the activity, students analyze how a NASA astronaut’s traits changed during his “year in space,” then they predict how their own traits might change after living in space.
What kinds of things do you think make outer space dangerous?
What dangers do you think there might be living inside the spacecraft?
Which traits do you think changed while Scott Kelly was in space? Why do you think those traits changed?
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This cool activity challenges students to build a “lander” from simple materials, such as straws, paper, and mini-marshmallows. The goal is to create a design that will keep astronauts from getting hurt when they land on another planet. Discussion questions, extensions, and a downloadable PDF, available in both English and Spanish, are included. (Grades 3–8, NASA/JPL)
Readings from Newsela are free with registration. They’re available in English or Spanish and can be adjusted for reading level. Writing prompts and quiz questions are available for most readings.
What’s life like on a space station? Read this article to find out. (Grade 3)
In 2008, Peggy Whitson became the first woman commander on the International Space Station. Peggy has beaten lots of other records as well. Read here about her experiences in space. (Grade 3)
In this article (Grade 3), astronaut Scott Kelly talks about a typical day in space—how it feels and even how it smells. For students reading at a slightly lower level, or for more about Kelly’s experiences, read this article (Grade 2) to find out what happened when he returned to earth.
Want to learn more about what happens to your body in space? Read this article. (Grade 3)
Whether you’re trying to move or work or even just breathe, living in space is filled with challenges.