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Animals Through Time    Mystery 8

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In the Mystery, students examine how physical traits can be influenced by the environment.

How long can people (and animals) survive in outer space?

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DISCUSS:

What kinds of things do you think make outer space dangerous?

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DISCUSS:

What dangers do you think there might be living inside the spacecraft?

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Which traits do you think changed while Scott Kelly was in space? Why do you think those traits changed?

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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the Exploration and Activity you just completed.
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Activity: Touchdown!

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)

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Readings

Readings from Newsela are free with registration and can be adjusted for reading level. Writing prompts and quiz questions are available for most readings.

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Videos

Whether you’re trying to move or work or even just breathe, living in space is filled with challenges.

  • In this video, astronaut Mark Vande Hei explains how he stays fit aboard the International Space Station. (2:57, ESA)
  • How long would you last unprotected on another world? Not long, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains. (2:45, Business Insider)
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