Space Exploration Unit for elementary astronomy 4th

Space Exploration Unit

Last year in our homeschool science we studied astronomy, but during the school year, we didn’t have enough time to do all of the cool projects I wanted to do, in particular, a space exploration unit simulating creating a space program.

So this summer we added in a week of funschooling (my own term for it) and had fun creating our space exploration unit.

Space Exploration unit

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Space Exploration Unit lessons

Since the unit was only a week-long I came up with five activities, one for each day.  They could easily be complete all together in one day if you’re doing this as a fun day, but I wanted them to have time to just play and be kids during the summer also.  So, here’s what you’ll see in this space exploration unit.

  1. Design a moon landing shuttle
  2. Retrieve your moon landing shuttle
  3. Design a moon rover
  4. Safely cross an unstable planetary surface (our inspiration for the activity: Cross an oobleck ocean)
  5. Learn to “program” a robot

Space Exploration Unit Resources

We are blessed with an amazing library, so I was able to check out some amazing books.  In addition, I’ve been collecting space books for years because Batman is quite the fan of astronomy (he’s why we studied it last year).

space exploration unit resources

Check out dozens more astronomy ideas on my astronomy pinterest board.

Space Exploration Unit for elementary astronomy 4th


4 responses to “Space Exploration Unit”

  1. How exciting! Looking forward to the posts on each topic! Great books too.

    1. I’m looking forward to getting this unit posted too! It’s been on my to do list for a while, and I kept putting it off.

  2. Ooooh, thank you, thank you! We are doing astronomy this year and this will be so useful!

    1. Your kids will really like some of the projects. And hopefully today I actually get the rubric uploaded.

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