Challenger Astronaut and Space Lesson Plans and Resources

Space Related Lessons

A huge selection from planets to weather.

Astronomy lessons and links

Very large collection that includes a variety of resources from tracking satellites to Ask an Astrophysicist. For all levels.

Lessons on explorers throughout time

Wright Brothers Lessons

Very complete and a great site for finding aviation related materials

General Space Links

NASA Robots

Christa McAuliffe Site

This site has podcasts, lesson plans, videos and more about science from the Challenger Learning Center that is dedicated to the memory of those killed in the shuttle tragedy, including Christa McAuliffe. There are such Learning Centers throughout the United States.

A list of Learning Challenger Centers by State

Challenger challenges for students

Lesson plan database.

Christa McAuliffe’s six science lessons that were prepared for the nation children, but never performed.

Webcasts from the Center by Topic and Date

Podcasts and Videos

Downloadable Space Day Tool Kit, Games and more for Space Day, May 2, 2009

Pros and Cons of Space Travel

A critical thinking lesson for students

Astronaut Biographies

Photos, Data on Shuttle Craft

Ideas for Star Child Lessons for Younger Students

Imagine the Universe Lessons for older students

Space Myths

Interesting information about Black Holes, Comets and More

A huge variety of lessons about space and its implications, including the Jupiter Galileo mission. Well worth a visit.

Earth and Mars Lessons

Mars Exploration Site with Lessons for Teachers

NASA Home Page for Teachers

JPL Home Page for Teachers

This Jet Propulsion site has several activities offered on site as well as downloadable lessons.

The Space Place Teachers Section

Activities and lessons and all downloadable. Great for challenging students. Check the animations.

Printable Shuttle for coloring

Science Education Gateway

An impressive listing of resources for teachers, including web-based and hands-on, inquiry based-lessons

Global Warming  Lessons and Links

By National Hall of Fame Educator Alan Haskvitz

Whether or not you believe there is a global warming trend or not, the teachable moment it represents it a major plus for integrating lessons in math, science, language arts, social studies, and economics. Here are some quality sites that offer free resources. Hopefully, you took advantage of the free copy of An Inconvenient Truth that was featured on Reach Every Child earlier this year. I shared my copy with the entire school.

Air and Weather sites

Transportation sites

To give background on why transportation is vital and its history.


Global Warming themes and lessons

A large link site.


Global Warming link site with the emphasis on definitions and articles,email-gs_15

Academic links

Some very good work here for a great debate.

Unit of Study

An Inconvenient Truth’s Lesson Plans

Photos of impact of global warming

Click on the boxes at the top of the site.

Global Warming: Does it Exist?

And other links that cover all grade levels.

Global Warming International Center

Alternative Actions

From the always excellent Constitutional Rights Foundation

EPA Site on climate


Teacher’s Guide to Global Warming

Global Pollution Map

Air Quality Maps by State

Updated daily

Environmental Ratings of Car Companies

A good way to integrate current events, science, and math.


Graph of global warming last 1000 years

Small math unit on impact of Global Warming

Nothing you couldn’t do yourself, but a nice template to follow.

There is no global warming and debate site


President Bush on Global Warming

And a rebuttal to the President’s comments

Ask the Climate Guy


Global teaching resources

by Alan Haskvitz

There is most everything here including

TASSI: Constitutional Studies

·        Culture

·        Current Events

·        Education

·        Environment

·        General

·        Geography

·        Global Jobs

·        Lesson plan sites

·        Politics

·         United Nations


For even more free resources go to and use the search engine.