Primary Sources Bring the Past to Life!
Space Primary Sources are just what teachers need to help students learn how to analyze primary sources in order to meet Common Core State Standards!
Students participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations of history using historical documents. Students make observations, generate questions, organize information and ideas, think analytically, write persuasively or informatively, and cite evidence to support their opinions, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students learn how to integrate and evaluate information to deepen their understanding of historical events.
The 20 Space Primary Sources are:
- Illustration of the Ptolemaic concept of the universe showing Earth in its center – 1513
- Chart of “The Solar System” and the “Theory of the Seasons”—smaller charts address tides, eclipses, phases of the moon, summer and winter, and the atmosphere – 1873
- Photograph of the launch of the first rocket (the Bumper 8) from Cape Canaveral, Florida—the Bumper Project was used to test rocket systems and for atmospheric research – 1950
- Photograph of the original seven Mercury astronauts—selected for the first U.S. human spaceflight program – 1960
- Photograph of chimpanzee Ham in his special seat as part of the Mercury-Redstone program—NASA used primates to test the Mercury capsule before launching astronaut Alan Shepard – 1961
- Excerpt from President John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice University regarding America’s space program – 1962
- USSR postage stamp depicting Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite launched in 1957 – stamp released in 1967
- U.S. stamp commemorating the “First Man on the Moon” – 1969
- Photograph of astronaut Buzz Aldrin saluting the U.S. flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission – 1969
- Front page of the Auckland Star (New Zealand) announcing the Apollo 11 first moon landing – July 21, 1969
- Photograph of Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell reading a newspaper article about the safe return of his crew after their spacecraft sustained serious damage during their moon landing mission – 1970
- Photograph and diagram of Lunar Roving Vehicle used during Apollo program – photo taken 1971
- Cartoon by Soviet cosmonaut shows American astronauts looking for Soyuz spacecraft in order to “lasso” it—cartoon depicts the upcoming historic event of an American spacecraft docking in Earth orbit with a USSR spacecraft – 1975
- Photographs depicting the space shuttle Challenger disaster – January 1986
- Photograph of Hale-Bopp comet flying over Croatia – 1997
- Photograph showing a grid on a hangar floor at Kennedy Space Center where pieces of the destroyed space shuttle Columbia were gathered for an investigation—the blue lines reflect the outline of the orbiter – 2003
- Photograph displaying food used on the International Space Station – 2003
- Excerpt from letter written by NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu about some of his experiences aboard the International Space Station – 2003
- Photograph of meteor crater, and map showing its location in Arizona – 2010
- Photograph of Earth taken from astronauts on board the International Space Station – 2015
Your students will:
- Think critically and analytically, interpret events, and question various perspectives of history.
- Participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations instead of memorizing facts and a writer’s interpretations.
- Integrate and evaluate information provided in diverse media formats to deepen their understanding of historical events.
- Create a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.
Download the Gallopade Free Online Teacher's Guide for Primary Sources PDF located in "Additional Info."
All levels. 8 x 11 inches each. Cardstock.
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