Educational Resources

Our Educational Goal:

We created this game to educate students about the International Space Station (ISS).

We designed the game to be as factually accurate as possible (2018).

We have lesson plans, activities, and standards alignment for educational use.

This game is entirely free along with all educational materials.

Lesson Plans:

General Overview of the International Space Station (ISS) - Lesson Plan:

Overview: In this lesson plan, students will participate in an activity to familiarize themselves with the ISS. They can then ask any questions they may or may not have. Afterwards, the students will play Collaboration Station in teams and then conclude with another group activity that will demonstrate what the students have learned from the game. Any questions they may have had can be answered at the end, or researched had the answers not been found in game.

Core Standards Assessed:

Grade 5 ESS: The solar system includes the sun and all celestial bodies that orbit the sun. Each planet in the solar system has unique characteristics.

        • Generalizations: While our game mainly deals with the International Space Station, we have also included star constellations from the northern and southern hemisphere. These can be found within the sliding tile game and feature full constellations with some added information about them in the handouts.

IC2.C ​: Collaborate ethically in the creation of digital artifacts.

        • Generalizations: Our game is all about collaboration to win the game as a team.

You can find this lesson plan here.

Activities:

Activity 1: Students Questions about the ISS

This activity focuses on the particular questions a student may have. This activity would be most effective and useful after the students have been introduced to the basics of the International Space Station.

Activity 2: After Collaboration Station Analysis

This activity focuses on the the actual game and what the students learned from it. This activity would be most effective and useful after the students have played and completed Collaboration Station.

Activity 3: ISS Diversity Activity

This activity focuses on different astronauts/cosmonauts involved with the ISS, and what some other countries may be studying/doing in space.

You can find the details of the activities here.

Academic Standards Overview:

Overview: We have made all academic material follow as closely as possible to some general standards. Our goal was to make this game a fun and unique way to teach your students some great information about space and the International Space Station all while fitting some of these ideas into standards.

Core standards covered and how they are hit with our game:

Grade 5 ESS: The solar system includes the sun and all celestial bodies that orbit the sun. Each planet in the solar system has unique characteristics.

      • Generalizations: While our game mainly deals with the International Space Station, we have also included star constellations from the northern and southern hemisphere. These can be found within the sliding tile game and feature full constellations.

IC2.C ​: Collaborate ethically in the creation of digital artifacts.

      • Generalizations: Our game is all about collaboration to win the game as a team.

Standard SCI.ESS1: Students use science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and an understanding of Earth’s place in the universe to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

For more information about standards check them out here.

Looking for Links for your Students or Yourself?

Overview: Here is a compiled list of sites that we determined have some educational value and would be safe for a student to visit to get more information on a topic. These are sorted topically so it should be easy to find websites based on what your students want to know more about.

ISS Information:

  1. What is the ISS? - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-is-the-iss-58.html
  2. History of the ISS - https://spaceflight.nasa.gov/history/station/index.html
  3. ISS Facts - https://www.nasa.gov/feature/iss-fact
  4. Kid Zone 3 (Great for Learning about ISS with Videos) -https://solc.gsfc.nasa.gov/modules/newkz3/index.html


Everyday Activities in Space:

  1. Living in Space - https://spaceflight.nasa.gov/living/
  2. Sleeping in Space - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/ditl_sleeping
  3. Recreation and Sleeping - http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/living_sleeping.htm
  4. Morning Routine - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/ditl_morning_routine
  5. Eating in Space - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/ditl_eating
  6. Exercising in Space - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/ditl_free_time
  7. Free time in Space - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/ditl_free_time
  8. Working in Space - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/ditl_working
  9. Sanitation in Space - http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/living_sanitation.htm


Spacesuits:

  1. What is a Spacesuit - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-a-spacesuit-k4.html
  2. Clickable Spacesuit - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacesuits/home/clickable_suit.html
  3. How Stuff Works: How Spacesuits work - https://science.howstuffworks.com/space-suit.htm
  4. Why Wear a Spacesuit - http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/living_spacesuit.htm
  5. The Space Suit - https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4026/noord47.html


Other Topics For Students:

  1. The Human Body in Space - https://www.nasa.gov/hrp/bodyinspace
  2. What is a Spacewalk - https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-a-spacewalk-k4.html
  3. Microgravity - http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/living_microgravity.htm


Links for Educators (and possibly students):

  1. Countries in the ISS - https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/cooperation/index.html
  2. Parts of the Space Station and Activities Associated -https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/179225main_ISS_Poster_Back.pdf
  3. Animals in Space - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animals_in_space
  4. ISS Facts:
  5. NASA Activities: