The Early Years: Thinking Spaceby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Space exploration is a high-interest topic for girls and boys. They love to play with space models (toys), pore over space images, talk about what they have seen in the sky or on television, and play astronaut. Use the activities described here to encourage students to engage in imaginative play about space. Explorations like these are the kind of inspiration teachers need to help their students’ science learning blast off!

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  • on Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:20 AM

The activity suggested in this article has two objectives. The first objective is to create imaginative play around space exploration. The second relates to understanding that stored gases can exert a force when released. Students watch a film canister rocket take off after fizzing tablets and water are combined. After the teacher lead demonstrations children are encouraged to discuss what happened.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:00 AM

I feel like this article was well written and has helped me to understand what boys and girls need when learning. I would however, have liked to see more written about the subject and why that type of play works. I would of also liked to see some scientific studies included in the article.

Tim K
Tim K

  • on Tue May 14, 2013 10:32 AM

Children seem to naturally be curious about space and love to pretend in play about space. This article has directions for a rocket made from a film canister (hard to find in this digital age) that students always enjoy. But the most important part of the article to me is this statement made by the author....."Gently inserting comments with correct information will give the children something to think about without disrupting the flow of their play."

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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