APOLLO 11
The APOLLO 11 mission opened a new era in the exploration of the moon. The spacecraft was launched on 14 July 1969 and the lunar excursion module (LM) with Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon 4 days later. Learn more about Apollo 11 with today's activities. Enjoy! Molly Rose, Twain Harte

Today’s Activities

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Watch

Check out this 5 minute video, speaking of Quarantine: Did you know that Apollo 11 astronauts had to also go through quarantine to make sure they were safe to interact with others when they returned? Why the Apollo 11 Crew Was Quarantined Upon Return

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Read/Listen

Read this poem by famous American poet, Robert Frost written in 1962 titled But Outer Space then discuss and answer the questions.

Listen to this poem by Robert Frost

Draw your own space shuttle to the moon. Tell 2 things you would want to take with you.

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math

Download this worksheet to work with Customary Liquid Measures. If you’d like a challenge, download this second worksheet to work with Algebraic Expressions.

3rd Option Apollo Math When we think of the word “computers”, we usually picture the newest hi-tech device. However, during the Apollo 11 mission, computers were actually people, often women and especially African-American women, who did all of the math required to send a rocket to the moon. They were the first computers! However, their history and their importance to the space race was not known until recently. Watch this 3 minute video to learn more. Then, complete this math assignment. to practice working with exponents.

Complete these worksheets on errorless matching and counting interactives. 

Money ID: Coins and Bills, Practice counting change by 1’s, 5’s 10’s

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Science

There are many amazing online resources about Apollo 11, other missions to space, and space in general. Check out some of these sites. Afterwards, create your own paper model of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module.

Watch this clip about “The First Moon Walk” 

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history

The Space Race: John F. Kennedy Jr. made a famous speech stating his goal of sending a rocket to the moon. Listen to JFK’s famous speech. What is the theme of Kennedy’s speech. Use textual evidence to support your answer. Use this explanation of the assignment to help you. 

Watch this clip about John F. Kennedy Jr. 

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Stay active and stay safe

These suggestions encourage families to become more physically active during these trying times. Each day, students are asked to complete each set of activities with a family member.  April 6-10 “At Home” PE suggestions.

First, have your child do some warm up stretches: 10-15 arm circles (front and backwards), 15 jumping jacks, running in place for 30 seconds, 10 leg squats, 10 push ups and sit ups then go to GoNoodle and have your child pick a couple of PE/Dance videos. 

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Teaching Tips

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Accessibility Feature

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Accessibility Feature

The ‘Pizzazz’ worksheets do not need to be printed. Students can re-create the answer portions on a piece of paper to arrive at the solutions and answer the questions. Nor do the worksheets require answer keys. If the answers are real words, and the phrases make sense, the answers are correct (although some of the puns are truly painful). Each file is named with something that can be ‘Googled’ for assistance. In many cases, among the first results will be a Khan Academy link. Khan Academy is a free, yet invaluable service for students and parents. Please do not hesitate to establish an account and take advantage of it. If additional materials are required to complete the worksheets, I will include it in the file name. The second worksheet is for those students who would like a challenge.

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