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  • Tiny Trekkers-K

     Grade K

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    Program Description
    2 hour program
    1 class (32 students)
    Imagine Being an Astronaut And Taking a Trip into Space!
    That’s what young astronauts will experience during the Tiny Trekkers Program.
    To start, students enter our Challenger Learning Center shuttle using an airlock door. Then, the astronauts-in-training get a tour of the spacecraft. The countdown begins! Students observe a simulated liftoff of a real launch! Students learn about the crew of the Challenger and what astronauts do. To commemorate a successful launch, the crew and their teacher take a picture. All students move to Space Place, where hands-on stations have been set up for students to explore. The stations vary by grade level, and meet NGSS Performance Expectations and Science and Engineering Practices.


    Pre-Visit Materials
    Lesson Plan
    Post Visit Materials

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation - by Station 

    Station: Microgravity Tank-2-PS1-3. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.
    Station: Microscopic World-2-PS1-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
    Station: Ant Works/Ladybug Land-K-ESS2-2 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs
    Station: Push and Pull-K-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
    Station: Sprout and Grow-K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
    Station: Wild Weather-K-ESS3-2. Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.
    Station: Temperature Rising-K-PS3-1. Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
    Station: No Bones About It-K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
    Analyze and Interpreting Data
    Engaging in Argument from Evidence
    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

     Disciplinary Core Ideas

    PS2.A: Forces and Motion
    PS2.B: Types of Interactions
    PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces
    PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
    LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
    ESS2.E: Biogeology
    ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
    ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
    ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Cause and Effect
    Systems and System Models

    Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)

    SL.K.4-Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
    SL.K.5-Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

    Station: Meteorite Holes- .K.CC.A.3 Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).

    Computer Science
    Station: Cosmic CodingCSTA 1A-AP-10- Develop programs with sequences and simple loops, to express ideas or address a problem