Kids to Space
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Kids to Space: Mission Plans An Educator's Guide
by Lonnie Jones Schorer and Barbara Sprungman David
Listen to Lonnie and Barbara talk about K2S on the space show.
Science museums are successfully demonstrating that a critical key to
remembering and understanding is involving children in scientific and mathematical concepts via hands-on, problem-solving activities. Education is no longer just memorizing facts. It's about processing information and
understanding concepts. How do we turn kids' questions into educational hands and minds-on activities suitable for the
classroom? And via these activities, how do we as parents and educators connect the present to a highly competitive global future?
For use in the classroom or for home study, Kids to Space Mission Plans: An
Educator's Guide is an inspirational source for all who believe that
imagination and dreams lead to new realities! In leading students into the
future, educators have the opportunity to encourage and help students aim
high and make the link between imagination and possibility.
Educators are fully tasked, with little time to search for and review
activities that support classroom studies. Spiral-bound for ease in copying
plans, the Guide gathers science and math, language arts and technology
plans into one volume. The plans are not just about space. They are about
engaging students and giving an overview. They are about integrating studies
of Earth with an introductory understanding of space.
Divided into three units of study: Planning to Go to Space, Visiting and
Living in Space, and Exploring Space, the Mission (lesson) Plans in this
Guide correspond to the 94 chapters in the book Kids to Space: A Space
Traveler's Guide (Apogee Books, May 2006), a book generated by 18,000
student questions and 83 experts' answers about space. Some of the Guide's
lesson plans are original. Some are 'the best of'. All are aligned with five
National Education Standards for grades 5 - 8. Standards are listed with
each Mission Plan. A matrix included in the Guide leads educators to the
Mission Plans where each standard is addressed.
Who Are The Contributors? As an educators' reference, paragraphs about each
of the Guide's contributing educational
organizations and individuals include the contributors' websites and
information about what they offer to educators.
Tucked into a pocket in the back of the guide, an accompanying CD-ROM is
loaded with articles, information, resources, videos and even more lesson
plans in support of each chapter.
Kids to Space Mission Plans: An Educator's Guide may be used alone, but
using it with Kids to Space: A Space Traveler's Guide provides teachers and
students with a unified resource.
Click here to see the index for this book.