Space Disasters

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Disasters are inherently frightening, riveting, and involving. Grabbed straight from the headlines, these disasters leave tragedy, destruction, and years of anguish: Apollo 1, Apollo 13, Soyuz 11, Challenger, Columbia, Asteroid Collisions, and more.
Curriculet Details
18 Questions
19 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fifth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, noting details and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about media connections and author's purpose. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of text structure, print analysis, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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What is the difference between an astronaut and a cosmonaut?  
Below is an image of Neil Armstrong.  (This annotation contains an image)
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of minor. Which definition correctly fits the context of the sentence? 

Chapter 2: Apollo 1, 1967

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What do these two events have in common? 
The NASA launch pad as seen from above. (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think will happen to the astronauts? 
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of module. Think of a synonym (word with similar meaning) for module and type it below. 

Chapter 3: Apollo 13, 1970

With such little water to drink, the astronauts could have become dehydrated. 
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Read the definition of German measles. Write a sentence using German measles correctly in context. 
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of dehydrated. In which of the following sentences is the word dehydrated used correctly? 
Did you think the astronauts will make it home safely? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4: Soyuz 11, 1971

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How many days after the launch of Salyut 1 does the crew leave for space? 
Salyut 1 was the first space station put into orbit.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How is the Soyuz 11 able to get back to Earth with the cosmonauts inside dead? 
What do you think caused the cosmonauts to die? 

Chapter 5: Challenger, 1986

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. They may be spelled the same or have different spellings. Seal in this context refers to a cap placed over the lid of a container, not an ocean animal. 
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How does the TISP benefit teachers? 
Christa McAuliffe is seen below. (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video of the Challenger crash. This is what millions of people around the world witnessed on that tragic day.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What effect does the Challenger disaster have on NASA's safety plan? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter 6: Columbia, 2003

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Read the definition of experiment. Write a sentence using experiment correctly in context. 
Watch the video. It shows a demonstration of the tiles that protect the shuttle. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7: Falling Satellites

Do you think these satellites damage property or hurt anyone when they fall to earth? 
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Why does "space junk" fall to the earth? 
Look at the image of the UARS. Notice the comparison of the size of the UARS and a human. (This annotation contains an image)
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of propulsion. What is meant by "the satellite has no propulsion system"? 
The Mir Space Station: Look at the image. What is the most impressive aspect of the Mir Space Station?  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is it unlikely that a person will ever get hit by "space junk"? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 

Chapter 8: Asteroid Impact

Watch the video and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
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How is the simulation video above similar to the asteroid simulation described in the text? 
Do you recognize the importance of studying asteroids? 

Chapter 9: Future of Space

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Read the highlighted information carefully. What is the notable difference between these two events? 
Watch the video of SpaceShipTwo. Do you think you would like to take a tour of space? Why or why not?  (This annotation contains a link)
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Why are robots and telescopes being sent into space instead of humans? 
Below is a picture of the SpaceX Dragon.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is significant about the Dragon's successful trip to the space station? 
Quiz 3