ERIC Number: ED316431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Living in Space. A Preschool Aerospace Curriculum Module.
Young Astronaut Council, Washington, DC.
This program is designed to be an extension of the regular curriculum providing preschool children with a firm foundation and life-long appreciation for space and space-related topics. The program delivers both classroom and at-home family activities which emphasize age-appropriate language, math, art, science, nutrition, and health concepts within a space theme. Included is a statement of goals and philosophy, and directions on the use of the curriculum extension activities. The main part of the document "Living in Space" includes 40 units (20 of which are family activity units) divided into three sections ("What's in the Sky?": "Traveling in Space"; and "Living in Space"). A storybook, "The Youngest Astronaut," which was written to relate to the materials is included in the appendixes. The format of each unit includes a description, an activity, a background note, unit elements, and materials and resources. Appendices include: (1) a play for children; (2) a statement about math and science for preschoolers; (3) a bibliography of more than 300 resources; (4) a list of NASA teacher resource centers; (5) lists of participating Head Start programs; and (6) a selection of NASA photographs. (CW)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Home Instruction, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Parent Materials, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Process Education, Science Education, Science Materials, Scientific Methodology, Space Sciences
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Young Astronaut Council, Washington, DC.