This next post is exerpted from the Mighty Mommy’s blog, Episode #433. I have to say, it is out of this world. Kids (or grandmothers) can build a virtual rocket, find out the path of the Space Station and who is on it right now.
Online Space Exploration
Summer is the perfect time to learn more about the moon, stars and the fascinating world of outer space. National Aeronautics and Space Administration known as NASA has a terrific on-line site for kids ages Pre-Kindergarten thru 4th grade called NASA Kids’ Club.
We discovered this user-friendly site last summer when my daughter was in the 4th grade. She was able to play a variety of on-line games which support the national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of her favorite games was called Windows to Earth which allows you to select various locations throughout the world and see what they look like photographed from space. The sound effects are very cool and the visuals were really awesome. — Butler, 2017
The page link included here has a great informational page for parents and caregivers, including grade-appropriate learning objectives. Here is the first few paragraphs from that page:
Welcome to NASA Kids’ Club.
NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.
On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. See the Game Descriptions and National Education Standards below.
The NASA Kids’ Club Picture Show is an image gallery of some of NASA’s coolest and most interesting pictures. They may be used as conversation starters or writing prompts to lead children in discussions about STEM-related topics and current events.
The Now in Space slideshow introduces young explorers to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.
NASA encourages you to visit NASA Kids’ Club and use its games and activities to inspire the next generation. https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/text/extras/Game_Descriptions_National_Standards.html
Butler, C. (2017, June 18). From Audiobooks to Art Lessons—5 Fun, Digital Activities for Kids. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/productivity/learning/from-audiobooks-to-art-lessons-5-fun-digital-activities-for-kids
Wild, F. (2018, March 21). National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved from Nasa Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
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