World Space Week 2020 is approaching and it’s time to get excited! The UN-declared annual celebration of science, technology and all things SPACE runs from October 4 – October 10. The theme for 2020 is Satellites Improve Life.
Play-Based Small World Activity
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 2019, we let this history-making celebration inspire a fantastic sensory play scenario. For all the details and to find the recipe for magic sand, check out How to Make a Space-themed Invitation to Play.
Out Of This World Writing Prompts
Our range of narrative writing prompts contains these engaging space-themed posters perfect for your class. The prompt posters could be used as stimuli for quick-write lessons throughout World Space Week. Here are five ways to spark imagination using writing prompts.
These resources are bound to get your students thinking!
Ducks in Space will have your students examining the scenario and answering a series of related questions.
It also asks students to decide whether they have used inference or prediction in giving their answers.
Stellar Space Crusade Game
Why not use our blank Space Crusade Board Game template to create an enjoyable activity which aligns with your planning? You can mix it up depending on the year level!
Inspire Students During Space Week and Beyond:
Encourage your kids to learn all about Dr Mae Jemison – engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel into space in 1992. She’s featured in our series of profiles highlighting inspirational women.
Create a Creature from Planet Xubos
This exciting extraterrestrial activity requires students to research the fictitious planet of Xubos. The fact sheet provides students with information on the planet and its main habitats.
- read the Planet Xubos Fact File
- select a habitat
- create a creature that can survive in the selected habitat
- complete the Xubosian Creature Report
- use the cut-outs to create a 2-D or 3-D model of the creature.
Martian-Approved Math Activities
For foundation classes, try this Rocket Dot-to-Dot for a bit of fun with one-digit numbers!
Don’t get lost in space! Have your students hone their location and direction skills with our Rocket Coordinates activity.
Space-worthy STEM Fun in the Early Years!
Looking for a science lesson to teach in World Space Week? Our Balloon Rocket Experiment is a curriculum-aligned complete lesson plan where students get hands-on investigating energy and movement.
Alternatively, you could use our free Rocket Template to try this fun rocket activity, exploring motion, force, and energy:
- Rocket template
- Colored pencils or pens
- Thick straws
- Thin straws
Rocket Template Procedure
- Color the rocket template and cut it out.
- Cut a piece of thicker straw half the length of the rocket shape.
- Use tape to attach the thicker straw to the back of the rocket, and block the top of the straw with a blob of sticky tack.
- Put the thin straw inside the rocket straw.
- Blow into the straw and watch your rocket take off!
- Try variables like different directions, varied speeds, folding the rockets, indoor vs outdoor use.
Track the International Space Station
NASA’s Spot The Station website allows users to track the location of the International Space Station in real time! Your students can find out when the Station will be overhead and plan for a viewing!
It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.
Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!
Sun and Moon Effects Teaching Resources Collection
This comprehensive Sun, Earth, and Moon Effects Teaching Pack has everything you’ll need to teach an astronomical lesson (or series of lessons!) on the effects of the sun and the moon on Earth.
Astronomical Literacy – Books About Space!
Must-read books for Space week 2019 include:
An excellent choice for classes interested in STEM and for children with curious minds, this picture book explores numbers! Author Seth Fishman and illustrator Isabel Greenberg bring to light the variation between some of the largest numbers (a hundred billion trillion stars) and smallest numbers (one very unique You) in the universe.
The debut picture book by astronaut Chris Hadfield, The Darkest Dark tells the story of his childhood decision to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing.
“The Darkest Dark is an inspiring story about facing your fears and following your dreams.”