Virtual Field Trip: Space Race
⭐️Let’s all take a field trip! In this Virtual Field Trip, students take a trip to Space for an exciting and educational cross-curricular exploration! Students will learn about the cold war and its importance to the “Space Race” between the United States and the Soviet Union. Students will also learn about the space race timeline, the Sputnik 1, Explorer 1, NASA, Apollo 1 Tragedy, Apollo 11s success, and more!
⭐️This virtual field trip in Google Slides & Seesaw contains embedded videos (Google) & video links (Seesaw), images, reading passages, exercises, writing activities, and more.
⭐️This resource integrates a variety of social studies and reading skills. Students also complete reading and writing assignments along with watching videos and completing thought-provoking exercises. Incorporates key reading comprehension, writing, multimedia, interdisciplinary studies, and other skills.
*Please note: This resource includes YouTube videos, so ensure you and your students have access to YouTube before purchasing. Although great care has been taken to ensure all content is appropriate for the stated grade levels, each classroom is unique and it is recommended that teachers review all content prior to use. This resource uses links to third-party content that may be changed or removed by the content owner. Links are reviewed regularly; however, if you find a broken link, please let me know so I can update the resource accordingly.
✏️Google Slides & Seesaw Formats – These interactive formats are perfect for classroom and distance learning. Slides are interactive and can be used as a fun and engaging exercise within the classroom or remotely.
✏️Engaging Interactive Maps & Virtual Video Tours – Interactive maps & virtual video tours take students inside the action.
✏️Reading Comprehension – Integrates key reading skills like compare & contrast, multimedia, multiple sources, and more.
✏️Writing & Social Studies – This virtual field trip helps students understand more about the world around them and uses writing prompts to explore their reactions and ideas.
- 1947: The Cold War
- Why is the Cold War Important?
- Space Race Timeline
- 1957: Sputnik 1
- 1958: Explorer 1
- 1958: NASA
- 1961: Gagarian Orbits Earth
- 1961: Kennedy’s Declaration
- 1962: Glenn Orbits Earth
- 1967: Apollo 1 Tragedy
- 1967: Soyuz Tragedy
- 1969: Apollo 11 Success
- Apollo 11 Mission
- More to Explore!
Answer Key Included
This resource is suitable for the following grade levels:
- 2nd & 3rd Grade: With teacher modeling, whole class, or small groups.
- 4th & 5th Grade: Independent for on-level students.
This virtual field trip takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. The time it takes to complete can vary based on your students. It can be completed in one session or broken up into multiple sessions.