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Re: SPACE CAMP! Day 3 - Moon
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2011, 01:42:44 PM »
Materials included in zip file are in bold.

I started Day 3 (after the Welcome ppt) with this music video.  Once again, the students were underwhelmed, but I'm including the link anyway. 

The Police "Walking on the Moon"




After that, I showed the following two clips and had the students guess which one was older and which one was the real moon landing (I thought it was really obvious, but they were kinda confused since the Melies film is obviously much older).  I didn't want to make them sit through the entire (short) film of "A Trip to the Moon" (1902).  It's 14 minutes long if shown at the proper speed (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Trip_to_the_Moon for more info about that).  Anyway, I just found a shorter version that someone made into a music video with some rock song:

Melies’ “A Trip to the Moon” with song “Take a Trip Across the Moon”




I showed that one first and then the "real" moon landing:

NASA Apollo 11 40th Anniversary footage:




After that, I did the Moon Phases worksheet.  Once they started it, I had to show the original image (moonphasesanswerkey.gif) with the answers, because some of the students were a little confused about what the moon looked like from earth for each position on the diagram.

Next, I showed the Moon Vocab ppt.  (I didn't actually make them read all the Moon features on slide 5.)  Also, I guess Koreans don't know about the myth that the moon was made of cheese, so I had to explain that a little bit.  The man in the moon was easier, since the image has the outline of a face on the left and a man with a cane on the right.

Then, I gave them a word search.  I don't remember which of the two I used, so I included them both. There is Apollo Mission to the Moon word search and Space word search.

To prepare for the day's project, I showed this video:

Simulated Meteor Impact in slow mo:




I got the idea for the project from the NASA website, but made my own Craters activity worksheet

Impact Craters Activity: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/180572main_ETM.Impact.Craters.pdf

I did a modified and simplified version. I used flour and some old ground red pepper, a huge plastic tub, and an old English Contest banner as a drop cloth. I had the students (in groups) make and name their meteors out of clay. There were 3 groups and they each got a different amount of clay and could make any shape they wanted. Then I dropped the meteors myself while they watched.

It was a huge mess and the students stuck their hands in there before we could actually measure the craters accurately, so the worksheet was pretty much useless (I still made them draw the shape of the craters and clay meteors and then gave them reward stamps based on that). They loved it! So messy, I’d recommend doing it outside.

There are also a lot more lesson plans about the moon on the NASA website. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Exploring.the.Moon.html

EDIT: I found a few more links that I used about the moon: 
Lunar Cycle Challenge (really easy because they don't have to know the names of each phase): http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/moon/moon_challenge/moon_challenge.html

Moon Phases Calendar (I didn't use it, but I had planned on having the students tell me the month and year of their birthday and then look up what moon phase it was on their birthday): http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon

I also used the book "The Moon Seems to Change", which my school already had (there's a whole series of science books that it was part of).  I used the EZ cam to show it on the screen while I read.  Here is an excerpt of the book online: http://browseinside.harpercollinschildrens.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780064450652
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Re: Space Camp Day 4 - Mars
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2011, 02:49:23 PM »
Possibly the best game/activity of Space Camp was the Mars Rover game.  I used almost 2 whole periods explaining, setting up, and then playing the game (multiple times with 2 teams each time).  Since we had to spend extra time on reading at the start of camp that day, I don't have any materials other than the powerpoints.

Once again, items included in the zip file are in bold.

I started with the usual Welcome ppt, and I gave up on having a song for Day 4.  I showed this video to introduce the topic of Mars:



I relied quite heavily on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website's Mars Rover page for this lesson: http://marsrover.nasa.gov/classroom/ 

The Earth and Mars ppt is made almost exclusively using information from the Earth and Mars poster from that site (and probably a few other websites for additional details), and the original version of the Mars Rover game is on p. 4 of the Mars Activity Book (it's called "Rover Races").  I simplified the game again and focused on reviewing giving directions (both 5th and 6th grade already learned directions in regular class during 1st semester, so that part was pretty easy). 

The Giving Directions Mars Rover Game ppt explains my version of the game in simple English for the students.  You need a timer (I used the stopwatch on http://www.barryfunenglish.com/tools.php), at least 3 blindfolds, some cones or other non-dangerous obstacles (I borrowed cones from the school's PE supplies), and something small to resemble rocks (I used the big foam dice from my classroom). 

I had the students push all the chairs and tables to the side of the classroom.  The messenger student had to relay the message exactly from mission control, and could only whisper to the lead Mars Rover student.  I allowed them to repeat up to 3 times total, but they had to go back to the mission control students before the Rover could move (so that they couldn't cheat and add directions).  I also added extra Mars rocks, and gave them a 10 second bonus (subtract 10 seconds) for each extra rock they picked up.  (The students figured out how to direct them better, such as "Pick up the rock. It's on your right/left.")

EDIT: Found some more links:
I also played a little online game earlier in the day: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mars-adventure/
And to introduce what the Mars Rovers actually are, I used this site: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/interactives/photosynth/
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Re: Space Camp
« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2011, 03:05:29 PM »
Guys~ I just found some great stuff for this on evan-moor.com

1st-3rd grade (American standard leveling) http://www.evan-moor.com/Product.aspx?CurriculumID=6&ClassID=163&SeriesID=115&TitleID=410&EmcID=697

Also, 3rd-4th grade focusing not only on space (those worksheets are pretty good too) but other concepts as well. 

The standard E-book is only $12.99 but has some great pictures and worksheets.  Also comes with teachers instructions for each activity.  Great for a five or ten day plan~!

Also on PBS, they have some good resources available as well.  Check it out here... http://video.pbs.org/subject/957383708/topic/957390630/viewmode/grid
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Re: Space Camp
« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2011, 09:29:38 AM »
*k, sorry, the other things will be up tomorrow since one of my students took my pencil case with my USB in it. damn!

I love your intro .ppt, did you make any other presentations for this?
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Re: Space Camp Day 5 - Saturn
« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2011, 03:23:14 PM »
Note: bold means it's included in the zip file.

To introduce the topic of Saturn, I used this video:   As usual, I showed the Welcome ppt first as the students were arriving (many of them were late every day so I just left it up as they slowly entered).

Next, I showed the short Saturn and Its Moons ppt (partially taken from something I downloaded, I think).

Following the ppt, I used http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/flash/Titan/index.html to give more information about Titan from the Saturn Moons Explorer, which has video and other information.

Then, I did the Historical Views of Saturn ppt, which is mostly taken from http://www.solarviews.com/eng/saturnbg.htm, with the text simplified.

Finally, I gave out the Saturn Word Search

For the day's activity, I had intended to have the students design their own Saturn probe with parachute, but we didn't have the materials necessary.  I was also concerned that we didn't have enough time.  The idea for that activity came from http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/files/Lesson_09_3-4-p2.pdf.

Instead, I decided to have the students help me make Space Uno.  I used a template of Uno cards that I'd gotten from another teacher, but changed the pictures to the planets and their names.  I also added another page to the template for the back of the cards.  This requires a color printer, and I had a lot of trouble getting it to print properly 2-sided.  It might be easier just to glue two pages together. 

I had the students cut out the cards and put them in the laminating film.  I had borrowed the laminating machine from the teachers' room so I could laminate right away in the classroom.  After laminating, I had the students cut carefully around each card, leaving a small border so they wouldn't come apart later (this is especially important if you have to use the gluing-two-pieces-of-paper method).  Finally, when each group finished their set of cards, they got to play Uno.

Most kids already know the Uno rules, or their slight variation in the Korean game "One Card."  If you want to use the official Uno rules, you can look here: http://www.unorules.com/.

Once the finished sets of cards were done, I kept them in the classroom and we used them many times throughout the rest of the school year.  Even for other classes that hadn't studied the planets, it was still fun and maybe they accidentally learned the planets' names.

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Re: Space Camp
« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2011, 07:45:54 AM »
Rowanteacher~ I'm sorry but I did not.  Even this one was a recycled one from teaching a third grade lesson.  Basically I used a lot of media from other resources to introduce a lot of topics.  But the students were extremely interested and I feel it was my best camp yet.  Educational and fun~!
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Re: Space Camp Day 6 - Flight
« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2011, 02:41:17 PM »
The theme of day 6 was going to be "air and space," but I changed it just to airplanes since the next day's theme was "astronauts." 

The Welcome ppt was first as usual. Then, I used this easy online book to introduce some new vocabulary, "How Airplanes Fly": http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/ames-how-planes-fly-slideshow.html.

Next, I showed the two powerpoints, Flight Part 1 and Part 2, which I downloaded from somewhere.  I made the students take turns reading, since it has a lot of words on each slide.  This might work better if you made some kind of worksheet where they had to actually pay attention and write missing words or something.  As it is, the students were kind of bored.

After that, I showed some YouTube videos about the history of flight and the Wright Brothers' actual footage, but somehow I didn't save those links anywhere that I can find them now.  Those types of videos are pretty easy to find.  I recommend also showing the failed early flight attempts, because those are pretty funny.  Actually, this might be the one I showed (for some reason there's no sound): .  It has the funny failed airplanes and then ends with the successful Wright Brothers' flight.

I also wanted to teach about supersonic airplanes, but I couldn't find any ready-made resources.  I made a really basic ppt (Fast, Faster, Fastest) and showed something from YouTube, possibly this: , which the students had a little trouble understanding. 

Finally, the day's project, which comes from the NASA website.  We made X-gliders, based on the NASA X-Gliders pdf that I downloaded.  Since I didn't have styrofoam and thought that it would be too hard to cut correctly anyway, I just had the students glue the pattern to card stock to make their gliders.  I let them choose any of the design elements, but most students just made the basic straight-wing or swept-back wing designs.  To help explain what they were making, I made a really short ppt about the X-planes and Glider Instructions.  I didn't have time to put a lot of info or details into it, but it was enough to show the students a few different plane designs.  Of course, once they finished, we spent a lot of time having "races," meaning that whoever's plane flew the furthest was the winner. 

Kids love paper airplanes, so that was also a pretty fun activity. 

I had planned to make the NASA aircraft dodecahedron, but changed the activity after submitting my original lesson plan.  The pdf is still included in the zip file, in case you have enough time or just want to see what it is.

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Re: Space Camp DAY 7 - Astronauts
« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2011, 01:29:06 PM »
Welcome ppt was first.  Then I showed the Astronauts ppt, which I downloaded somewhere and changed a lot (I added the first Korean astronaut and the Obama part, as well as some other stuff).

Next, we took a look at the NASA Kids' Club Buzz Lightyear website.  Specifically, Toys in Space (click "Mission Game 5" at http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/Buzz_Lightyear/web/), which I just had the kids tell me which toys to navigate to.  I've also attached the printable worksheets (Toys in Space pdf) that go with the website, but I only used 1 page (the first toy) and had the students tell me their ideas, which I then wrote in complete sentences on the board for them to copy.

After they finished writing, I gave them the Astronaut Word Search.

Finally, I showed the Simpsons episode "Deep Space Homer," which is probably pretty easy to find.   It's season 5, episode 15.  To make sure they understood the episode (English only, no Korean subtitles), I gave the Deep Space Homer Quiz, which I thought would be pretty easy but most students had a lot of trouble with (even though it's only T/F). 

Originally, I had planned to do the Soda Straw Rockets project, but since I already did the X-gliders (paper airplane) project during Day 6, I skipped the rockets.  I used it in winter camp several months later, and it was a big hit.  Here's the link to an article about the rockets: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=157, where you can click the link to the pdf.

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Re: Space Camp
« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2011, 02:05:41 PM »
I wish my school would allow me the freedom to teach about space, our planets, and the solar system.

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Re: Space Camp
« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2011, 02:06:39 PM »
Here's my space camp. It's divided into two 40 minute lessons. Stole some great ideas from Robotka! Thanks, friend!


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Re: Space Camp DAY 8 - Aliens!
« Reply #30 on: July 11, 2011, 01:43:15 PM »
Started with the Welcome ppt.  My students were pretty excited about the topic of aliens!

I was pretty lucky that my school already had a series of science books, so for the aliens theme we read Is There Life in Outer Space? using the EZ Cam to project it on the screen so the students could read along in turns.  Here's the publisher's listing for that book: http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/books/There-Life-Outer-Space-/?isbn13=9780064451925&tctid=120

Next, I told the students that I had received an alien message, but I couldn't read it.  I briefly explained how letter replacement codes work by writing sample words on the white board.  Then, I handed out the Alien Coded Message worksheet (first half page, Alien Message!).  We did sentence 1 together (I wrote the answer on the board letter by letter), and then I let them work in teams to decode the rest.  After they all finished, we checked the answers together.  Then, since it took awhile to do the first page of the worksheet, we wrote our reply message together.  Again, I let them work in teams to encode the reply. 

Finally, for the project of the day, I wanted to do the Draw and Fold Over game (a.k.a. Exquisite Corpse) with the alien theme, but I ran out of time (we had extra reading work that day, again).  I did show my hastily-made ppt about Alien Body Parts, but we didn't actually do the art project.  There are two websites that I had intended on using to show how it works.  The first one has the directions step-by-step with photos.  The second one has examples and you can even draw your own section for others to complete.

Exquisite corpse instructions with pictures (for crazy alien drawing game):
http://www.laits.utexas.edu/hebrew/personal/toolbox/acm/corpse/corpse.html

Online version:
http://www.drawandfoldover.com/

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Re: Space Camp DAY 9 - Sci-fi
« Reply #31 on: July 11, 2011, 02:05:47 PM »
This time, I combined the Welcome ppt into the main ppt.  So, I started with the first two slides of the Sci-fi and Fantasy ppt, which was originally downloaded  from somewhere but I changed it some, too.

A lot of students were late, so I gave the ones who arrived on time the Star Trek word search just to kill time until more students arrived.  (You can't go wrong with word searches!)

Then, I showed most of the Sci-fi and Fantasy ppt (I don't think I actually used the Fantasy part).  Next, I went to the British Council website to use the Story Maker (the sci-fi one).  Here's the link: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/make-your-own/story-maker

Then, I had the students form groups and each group came up with what words to use in their own version and wrote the words on the Our Sci-fi Story Pre-writing worksheet.  Following the instructions on that worksheet, they had to fill in the blanks in the Our Sci-fi Story Mini-book and draw pictures.  I formatted the word doc so that you can copy it two sided and then just fold in half and the pages will be in the right order.

(I actually also made a mini-book with worksheet for the Horror Story and Fairy Story, which I used in Winter Camp last year.  I have already posted the Horror Story worksheet and mini-book in this thread: http://waygook.org/index.php/topic,14348.msg117503/topicseen.html.  I'll post the Fairy Story in a new thread if I can't find anywhere else that it fits.)

As the last part of the day, we made ham sandwiches, with the students bringing their own food and my co-teacher and I brought bread.  Not really sci-fi related, but it was fun (and yummy).

EDIT:  If you're interested in the other two story types (Horror and Fairy Story), you can find my materials in the following threads:

Horror Story is here:  http://waygook.org/index.php/topic,14348.msg118808.html#msg118808

Fairy Story is here: http://waygook.org/index.php/topic,16588.0.html
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Re: Space Camp DAY 10 - Movie Day
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2011, 02:16:24 PM »
Well, Day 10 was really easy, since most of it was taken up by showing E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.  I showed it with Korean subtitles, since we combined grades 3-6 for the movie.  I didn't make a review game, as I had planned, so we just played Space Uno that we'd made earlier in the camp.  We also had the Vice Principal come up to give the award certificates to students who actually attended most or all of the camp, so I showed the 3rd slide of the Welcome ppt during that.

The 3rd and 4th graders really enjoyed the movie (one girl was almost crying, since the ending is sad), and the 5th and 6th graders were interested enough to keep quiet.

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NASA X-GLIDERS - Materials, worksheet, powerpoint...
« Reply #33 on: July 12, 2011, 12:44:38 PM »
I saw on here recently, I think in the Space Camp thread, that someone was going to make NASA X-Gliders with their classes. I decided to attach a simple worksheet and powerpoint that I made. I also included the PDF for the project, which includes the template to make the X-Gliders - out of foam board, or cardstock. Don't know if it will help anyone, but I figured I'd post it since I've benefitted so much from everyone else's hard work! :P

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Space Camp 5 and 6 grade , low level
« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2011, 02:34:47 PM »
I have attached lesson plans, worksheets, and ppts i used.

also, when i have a worksheet with a circle with a number inside of it, it is indicating for the student to place a planet sticker over the circle. (i hade my school buy a pack a special stickers for the student's worksheets)

i think everything is here, if you have any questions...let me know =p. though i can be bad about checking, haha.

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more material - flashcards and SWAP
« Reply #35 on: July 29, 2011, 02:45:11 PM »
solar system flashcards and SWAP game (that i stole from somewhere else..forget where)

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more material SWAP
« Reply #36 on: July 29, 2011, 02:47:37 PM »
SWAP material. (i lamenated and cut out the cards) a bit of time

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Re: Space Camp
« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2011, 09:38:25 PM »
Low level middle school.

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Re: Space Camp
« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2011, 12:59:22 PM »
Here is the Exploring Space ebook that Sheila talked about.  I've used so much from here I can at least give back by helping some people save money by posting this for their use.