On March 15 I was in Orlando, Florida giving a presentation at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference. Integrating the Internet into the Primary Classroom links can be found here. After I finished my presentation, my husband and I drove east to catch the Space Shuttle Discovery's liftoff. Since we're from Minnesota, not Florida, we hadn't anticipated the traffic also heading to watch the liftoff. I used our GPS to find back roads which weren't very crowded. We pulled over to the side of the road where there was a clearing three minutes before liftoff. My husband grabbed the video camera and I grabbed my Nikon D60.
Here's the three minute video we shot and posted on Teacher Tube. Watch closely for the external fuel tanks to drop off toward the end.
I was thrilled to be able to watch this historic event. It was amazing. No wonder students are so enthralled with space, space shuttles and astronauts. I gathered some resources that you could use in your class studies of the space shuttle and outer space. NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery is also on Facebook and Twitter. NASA also has student and educator web pages. The Kennedy Space Center website has information about Discovery.
Scholastic News: News from Outer Space and We Have LIftoff provide information for students. The We Have Liftoff Blog asks for students to make comments. Reading and Writing about the Solar System contains a lesson plan for you to use. Scholastic has an online unit called NASA: Challenging the Space Frontier.
These resources should get you started on your Blast Off with Discovery! Let us know what else you did or what other resources you found.