It's gardening time! Use the Zappar App to find out about the 10 foods that scientists can grow in space and choose one to research. If you have a gardening programme at your school or home perhaps you can incorporate a space garden!
A simple puzzle helps students understand the complicated and dangerous process of returning to Earth from the ISS. Students can watch videos to see how the process works, and they can research space junk (space debris) which is one of the main hazards.
Water is scarce on board the ISS and an intricate recycling systems allows astronauts to reuse every drop. Students will research and draw a lifecycle of a water droplet on the ISS.
Time to draw a diagram of the ISS and reinforce the learning from Activity 3.1. Students will complete a dot-to-dot then, create a colour code and then colour their drawing.
Students will plan and draw a space dinner using the Eatwell food plate as a guide for choosing healthy options. Learn about health and nutrition and also about how astronauts make and consume food when in space. Students can also use the Zappar app to watch a video of Tim Peake making scrambled eggs on board the International Space Station.
Every astronaut needs a spacesuit to keep them safe. With digital and multimedia resources provided, students will research the types of spacesuits astronauts need, and the features they include, then they will design their own suit.
Learn about time and duration while completing a comic strip! The creative/visual elements in this activity, such as drawing, provide a way in to the complex topic of time, and challenge students to make links between analogue and digital time.
Understanding how the Soyuz capsule gets from launch to the ISS is a complex concept. This exercise allows children to create a visual diagram of the path Tim's Soyuz took, simplifying the concept for primary-aged children.
It's time to find out about fellow astronauts and research the countries who have been to the ISS. Students will research a chosen country and create a card to highlight the key points. They will learn about how information can be presented in different ways, for example in long form or short form.
Extension Activity 4.1
This extension activity supports Space Gardening: Activity 4.1 in Chapter Four.
Planting seeds and monitoring their growth is not only fun but helps students practise scientific recording. If you have access to a school or community garden, or can set up some planter boxes, challenge your students to grow some of the plants most suitable for gardening in space.
After completing the Solar System activity students can create their own imaginary space habitat. They will need to choose a real planet and make sure their home and resources are suitable for the conditions on that planet.
Humans need robots to do some of the jobs that are too difficult, or too dangerous, for astronauts. This lessons invites students to research the kinds of robots that are used, what they do, and then design their own.
Challenge your students with this great map-making activity. This lesson compliments teaching on units of measurement, length and distance (cm, m and km) and will develop pupils' understanding of the concept of 'scale'.