My girls love star gazing and looking at the night sky. They were so excited about the new rocket launches this year, and love watching the live streams of the shuttles launching from Cape Canaveral at the Kennedy Space Center. If you have children that are fascinated by outer space you will want to check out these awesome resources.
We have some wonderful family memories of star gazing on long summer nights when we go camping. It is amazing what you can see when you don’t have the city lights all around you. Learning about the night sky sparks many discussions to learn more about outer space. We like to do unit studies on things that spark the interest of my children.
These printables, freebies and websites are great to use as a unit study on space. They will also work well to accompany any astronomy science curriculum. We love adding extra things to our homeschool to enrich what we are learning, and to immerse ourselves in that particular subject.
Recommended Resource: The Astronomy Student Notebook
Using a combination of written narration, drawing, & labeling, The Astronomy Student Notebook will take your student on a journey into our amazing universe. Students will study the heavenly bodies and ponder the mysteries and marvels of the sun, planets, moon, stars, and more.
FREE Outer Space Printables and Lesson Plans:
Wonders of Space Notebooking Research Journal – This fun unit study will help your children to explore space while they record what they are learning in this notebooking research journal.
Space Themed Writing Prompt Packs for Beginner Elementary – Each of these space-themed creative writing prompts pack contains 20 total writing prompts. There is one for each day of the school week for one month long. There are packs for early learners and for elementary age students.
Here are some more resources on the moon and planets to further enrich your studies on outer space:
You can’t think of outer space without first thinking about or seeing the moon. It is what sparks a lot of interest in what is out there in space!
Moon Phases Nature Unit Study Printable Pack – Simple Living Mama
Websites to learn about Outer Space:
Explore Earth and Space with the NASA Space Place – there are art projects, lesson plans, unit studies, videos and lots of fun and fascinating facts about space.
Amazing Space is a space telescope education program. There are lots of space themed resources broken down by topic with online explorations and teacher lesson plans.
Hubblesite – You can learn about the newest Hubble discoveries, and view photographs of the stars and galaxies.
NASA Kids Club is a place to play games and learn more about outer space and NASA.
Universe Today – is full of the latest information on space and astronomy news.
Space.com is the the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news and coverage of all the latest space discoveries.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!