Apollo 13 "A Successful Failure". Today, we will learn about another mission which attempted to make it to the moon, but didn’t. Although this mission was not as successful, it is still as interesting as Apollo 11, and the astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission were equally as incredible. If you get a chance to watch the movie “Apollo 13”, it does a great job of showing this inspirational story.

Today’s Activities


Apollo 13 Introduction

Read this document for an introduction to the assignment for today.

Read and complete

The poem “Trajectories” by Liz Ahl was inspired by the Apollo 13 mission. Read the poem and complete the assignment.

Listen to information about the Apollo 13 landing here.

Plan a mission to start a colony on Mars. How will you tackle and solve the challenges of living there?

After watching the Apollo 13 video, do this worksheet.

lunar math

Here is some Lunar Math, courtesy of NASA. The answers follow. Make sure to do your best before checking your answers, and show your work.

Use this google link to do clock work and telling time of day.

Slide 1: use “arrow” to put the line of the clock.

Slide 2: drag the correct time to the line.

Slide 3: use the “arrow” to tell the time on the analog clock, drag the circle to pick time of day.

Slide 4: drag the circle over the correct time of day


The Engineering & Design Process was key to saving the day in the Apollo 13 mission. Using things in your house, recreate the challenge of Apollo 13 ground control engineers.

Watch this clip about the Apollo Project


Last Friday was the 51st anniversary of the successful Apollo 11 mission which allowed the first man to walk on the moon. Today is the 50th anniversary of the explosion inside Apollo 13 which kept that mission from landing on the moon. Since that time, the Apollo 13 mission has come to be known as a “successful failure”. In 2-3 paragraphs, explain why the Apollo 13 mission was a successful failure. Give examples to prove your ideas.

Look at a USA map and find the state Texas and then find the city Houston. Once you find Houston, Texas, write or trace over the letters on a piece of paper: Houston, we’ve had a problem!

D.E.A.M - Drop Everything and Move

Today’s challenges: 1. Spring into Action – do 20 jumping jacks. Find a family member to do them with you if you can. 2. Say your math facts while doing reverse lunges. See video on how to do reverse lunges.

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. 

the arts

It might be hard to imagine, as we go about our normal lives (and our abnormal Covid 19 quarantine lives), that there are currently cosmonauts from all over the world orbiting over our heads in the International Space Station. With this link, you can spot the station and see where it is at this exact moment.

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