Lesson: Copy of Space Race and New Technologies

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Lesson Objective

By the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain how the space race started. By the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain how T.V. and new technologies changed the world.

Lesson Plan

KEY POINTS.

 

  • During the 1960s, and the presidency of John F. Kennedy, a space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union developed.
  • The Soviet Union won the first victory of the space race by launching the first rocket into space, Sputnik.
  • Sputnik I was the first manufactured object to ever circle the earth in space
  • The U.S. responded by rushing to start a space program: NASA
  • Alan Shepherd was the first American to go to space – he didn’t circle the earth.
  • John Glenn circled the earth in 1962
  • President Kennedy promised that the U.S. would beat the Soviet Union to the moon, and he did.
  • July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.
  • Other technologies such as the T.V. changed the world we live in.
  • From now on, most people got their news from a T.V. because it was getting cheaper and more readily available.
  • Vocabulary: John F. Kennedy, Sputnik, Soviet Union, Neil Armstrong, Moon, NASA, Space Race
  • Essential Questions: How was the space race part of the Cold War?

 

ASSESSMENT.

The students will write a narrative about the Space Race.

 

CONNECTION TO THE GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARD

 

SS5H8 The student will describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975.

a. Discuss the importance of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

b. Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement; include Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activities of Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

c. Describe the impact on American society of the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

d. Discuss the significance of the technologies of television and space exploration.

 

 

1. OPENING (5 min.)

Teacher:

  • T will ask the students to list two to three amazing things human beings have accomplished:
  • T will expect answers such as: making technology, building skyscrapers, etc.
  • T will have the Ss list out their answers to partners or the class.
  • T will tell Ss that they are going to continue talking about the Cold War and how technology was accelerated and changed due to the rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
  • T will review the objectives for the day: By the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain how the space race started.  By the end of the lesson, SWBAT explain how T.V.  and new technologies changed the world.

Student

  • Ss will share their responses.
  • Ss will internalize the objective for the day.

 

2. INTRODUCTION OF NEW MATERIAL (20 min.)

Teacher:

  • T will begin the lesson with a brief PowerPoint of images and words that relate to the Space Race and new technologies (Key Note/PowerPoint – Lesson 9 – Space Race and New Technologies – The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement Unit). 
  • T will have the Ss fill out a graphic organizer on this subject (Graphic Organizer – Lesson 9 – Space Race and New Technologies – The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement Unit)..
  • T will emphasize the following key points.
  • During the 1960s, and the presidency of John F. Kennedy, a space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union developed.
  • The Soviet Union won the first victory of the space race by launching the first rocket into space called Sputnik.
  • Sputnik I was the first manufactured object to ever circle the earth in space
  • The U.S. responded by rushing to start a space program: NASA
  • Alan Shepherd was the first American to go to space – he didn’t circle the earth.
  • John Glenn circled the earth in 1962
  • President Kennedy promised that the U.S. would beat the Soviet Union to the moon, and he did.
  • July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.
  • Other technologies such as the T.V. changed the world we live in.
  • From now on, most people got their news from a T.V. because it was getting cheaper and more readily available.
  • T will ask questions about the subject including: How did the space race connect to the Cold War? Why did America create NASA? Why was it a big deal to be the first person to land on the moon? How did television change the way people got news?
  • T will have the Ss discuss these questions with partners and then with the class.

Students:

  • Ss will fill out their graphic organizers.
  • Ss will answer questions.
  • Ss will be cooperative during the brief Power Point

 

3. GUIDED PRACTICE (25 min.)

Teacher:

  • T will show different a series of clips about the Apollo 11 mission.
  • T will also read the front page article of the New York Times about the event –while others will be (Graphic Organizer – Lesson 9 – Space Race and New Technologies – The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement Unit).
  • Depending on the time and the group, T will not have the Ss read the whole article but parts of it.
  • T will then ask the Ss the following questions: “What steps did the U.S. space program take to catch up with the Soviets? Was the landing on the moon a big deal or not, how can you tell? Why was the U.S. landing on the moon a Cold War victory for the U.S.?
  • T will give the Ss an open notes page on their graphic organizer where they can collect all their thoughts.

Students:

  • Ss will watch the news from the events
  • Ss will listen to different newspaper articles from the time.
  • Ss will react

 

4. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE (30 min.)

Teacher:

  • T will have the Ss create a narrative about the Space Race (Space Race Narrative – Lesson 9 – Space Race and New Technologies – The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement Unit)..
  • T will ask the students to be historically accurate when writing their narratives
  • T will tell the Ss to incorporate the facts they learned and the images they saw in order to make their narratives complete.
  • T will have the Ss illustrate their books.

Students:

  • Ss will be respectful while completing their books.

 

 

5. CLOSING (5 min.)

Teacher:

  • T will have the Ss share their narratives with their class (Space Race Narrative – Lesson 9 – Space Race and New Technologies – The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement Unit).
  • T will preview the next lesson – the end of the Cold War.

Student:

  • Students will review their narratives.
  • Students will ask any last minute questions.
  • Students will pay attention to topic of next lesson.

Lesson Resources

Apollo 11 (Clip 1 - Liftoff).mov  
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Apollo 11 (Clip 5 - Legacy).mov  
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Graphic Organizer – Lesson 9 – Space Race and New Technologies – The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement Unit.doc  
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Lesson Plan - Lesson 9 - Space Race and New Technologies - The Cold War and Civil Rights Movement Unit.doc  
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Space Race Narrative - Lesson 9 - Space Race and New Technologies - The Cold War and Civil Rights Movement Unit.doc  
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Space Race Narrative - Lesson 9 - Space Race and New Technologies - The Cold War and Civil Rights Movement Unit.pages  
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Apollo 11 (Clip 2 - Tension in the Control Room).mov  
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Apollo 11 (Clip 3 - Landing Safely).mov  
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Apollo 11 (Clip 4 - Dream Realized).mov  
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Key Note - Lesson 9 - Space Race and Technology - The Cold War and Civil Rights Movement Unit.key  
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PowerPoint- Lesson 9 - Space Race and Technology - The Cold War and Civil Rights Movement Unit.ppt  
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