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.
Extension Activity 1.1
This extension activity supports Time for Launch - Activity 1.1 in Chapter One.
In this activity, students learn about the two parts of the Soyuz and their functions. Students can then make their own Soyuz with either balloons, a UKSA template, or by designing their own and using craft materials. Students can examine images of the Soyuz capsule to determine which materials they should use.
Imagining they are astronauts, students will write a newspaper article about their first day in space. They will research other news reports on TV, radio, the internet and newspapers to look at different types of storytelling.
Extension Activity 2.2
This extension activity supports Breaking News: Activity 2.2 in Chapter Two.
Imagine you were an astronaut. What would you want to tell the world about your experiences in space? And what if you were a journalist? What questions would you ask an astronaut in an interview?
In this activity, students take on the roles of astronauts and journalist, developing questions and answers using the 'Zones of Relevance'. They can then write or record their own interviews. You could even use this activity to develop a class newspaper or journal.
The ISS is an extremely complex structure and at first glance it can be intimidating. This activity simplifies the design of the ISS by getting students to focus on the different shapes within it, and looking at what those shapes do.
Extension Activity 3.1
This extension activity supports Your New Home: Activity 3.1 in Chapter Three.
This group activity asks students to work in teams, building different components of the ISS which can be joined together to make a complete model.
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.
Explore the Solar System, learning about the weather and conditions on each one. Students will colour the planets and write weather reports and you can extend the activity to make models too.
Extension Activity 3.4
This extension activity supports The Solar System: Activity 3.4 in Chapter 3.
Creating a model of the solar system is a great way to help students learn about the different planets and understand their orbits. This activity provides a range of options for building solar system models, either in groups or individually.
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!
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.
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.