NASA educator guide for pre-K through 2nd grade focuses on activities about the International Space Station and the role rockets play in its construction.

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Hints about how to use the 3… 2… 1… Liftoff! Educator Guide, the table of contents and the preface make up this section. Preface pages include information about the International Space Station, the space shuttle, Russian rockets, completion of the ISS and rocket history.
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The activities in the 3… 2… 1… Liftoff! Educator Guide correlate to national science, mathematics, technology and English language arts standards. These matrix charts show the standards that apply to those activities.
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Students share and evaluate their knowledge of the International Space Station in this activity. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students identify the International Space Station and different types of rockets as objects in the sky built by humans. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students associate a countdown with a rocket launch and practice counting from 10 to 1. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students perform a simple science experiment to show how a rocket works and to demonstrate Newton's Third Law of Motion. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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In this activity, students gather data and create a simple graph to show the results of a science experiment.
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Students construct and launch paper rockets, and use graphs and nonstandard measurement to show how far the rockets travel. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students become familiar with the parts of the space transportation system, or space shuttle, and the sequence of a launch. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students construct an edible model of the space shuttle and use it to demonstrate a launch sequence. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students build rockets out of wooden blocks and use comparison words to describe the height relationships. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students practice uppercase letter recognition and sequencing uppercase letters in the correct order. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students use rhymes, chants, songs and creative movements to practice rhyming words about rockets. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students find missing addends in simple number sentences. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students use paper rockets to practice recognizing, creating and extending patterns. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students identify numerals and the number each numeral represents. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students sequence objects from shortest to tallest and tallest to shortest. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students create rockets out of shapes and practice shape recognition. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students improve shape recognition by using simple directions to build pattern block rockets. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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Students use numeral recognition and position words to locate a hidden rocket. Graphics to support this lesson are included with the document.
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In this activity, students use prior knowledge and creative thinking to solve problems.
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Using the concepts of fact and fiction, students review what they learned about the International Space Station, the space shuttle and rockets.
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These graphics are intended for use with the lessons contained in the 3… 2… 1… Liftoff! Educator Guide. A graphic may be used with more than one activity. In the lessons, graphics are referenced by title, figure number and page number.
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Reference materials in this section include a glossary of terms and acronyms, along with suggested reading to use with the 3… 2… 1… Liftoff! Educator Guide.
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