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Flori Huitt, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction | Heidi Aranda, Senior Director of Curriculum Development

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Grade 8 Social Studies - Week Four

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8th grade Social Studies

Week 4 April 27 - May 1

Weekly Packet

Theme: Hidden Figures and the Space Race: Then and Now
Social Studies Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • describe the impact of the Cold War on the space race and how that led to global competition.
  • investigate a significant US historical topic (the space program) that has significance then and today.

Lessons
Lesson 1 Understanding how and why the Space Race began with President Kennedy
Lesson 2 Understanding the contributions of minorities in the space program
Lesson 3 Understanding current activities at the International Space Station

Newsela
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The Start of the Space Race

Bringing Supplies to Astronauts
Space Exploration Today

Building honors African-American who helped put Glenn in space

Independent Civic Action Project
Read the biographies of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan. Interview and write the biography of a woman you know.
Write a letter to a Hispanic or African American astronaut at the NASA/Johnson Space Center address and share your thoughts about our Space Program.

Vocabulary

International Space Station: a multinational, permanent laboratory in space
Launch vehicle: a powerful rocket used to launch a spacecraft or satellite into space
Astronaut: a person who pilots a spacecraft or works in space

Johnson Space Center: the headquarters for all US manned spacecraft projects conducted by NASA (a.k.a. Mission Control Center)
Apollo: the first spaceflights to the moon
Space shuttle: the first reusable, low-cost space crafts

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