My son is in his Tiger year of Cubscouts and sometimes its a challenge to find fun learning activities for them to do as a den.
I help out the Akeela(den leader) in coming up with activities and I thought, why not do something about space? I get notifications of when the International Space Station(ISS) is visible in my area. It just happened that a couple days ago, the ISS would be visible during our den meeting. I thought, why not?
Well, what I had not taken into consideration the storm that was on the horizon which blanketed the sky in cloud cover with small patches of sky visible.
While I had hoped we were able to see it, it was only going to be visible(if we were lucky) for 6 minutes. What would we do for the remainder of the hour? I wanted to teach them a little about the ISS and do an activity that they would remember.
I started out by teaching them about the ISS with this printable fact sheet.
- It took over 100,000 people to build the ISS
- The ISS orbits(goes around) Earth 250 miles above us
- It is 290 x 356 feet length/width
- Over 1 million pounds heavy
- Uses solar power to operate
- Orbits Earth 16 times a day
- There is little gravity on the space station(they float in the air)
- The astronauts have to strap themselves into sleeping bags to sleep
- Scientists do experiments to better life on Earth without gravity effecting it
- There are 3-10 people on the space station at any time
- People stay on the space station for up to 6 months at a time
- The last launch to the space station in 2/27/2014! In Japan.
I found more free coloring pages courtesy of Coloring Pages 7 that the kids could do at home.
The den meeting was a hit even though the ISS wasn't visible due to clouds. If you are interested in finding out the viewing schedule for the ISS, feel free to visit Spot the Station.
I hope that our den meeting helps your little ones learn more about our skies. Feel free to print copies of the pages for future learning.
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