SC.4.E.5.5

Investigate and report the effects of space research and exploration on the economy and culture of Florida.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 4
Body of Knowledge: Earth and Space Science
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Big Idea: Earth in Space and Time - Humans continue to explore Earth's place in space. Gravity and energy influence the formation of galaxies, including our own Milky Way Galaxy, stars, the Solar System, and Earth. Humankind's need to explore continues to lead to the development of knowledge and understanding of our Solar System.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020050: Science - Grade Four (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7720050: Access Science Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.4.E.5.In.5: Identify objects and people related to the space program in Florida.
SC.4.E.5.Su.5: Recognize an object or person related to the space program in Florida.
SC.4.E.5.Pa.4: Recognize a space-related object.

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Lesson Plans

NASA and the Space Program Change Florida: The Space Program Changes the Economy and Culture of Florida:

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man-made satellite, into space in 1957. Americans watched the Soviet satellite beeping and blinking across the American night sky. Sputnik I weighed only 184 pounds and could do little more than beep, but many people worried that this meant the United States was losing the race to develop space technology.

Pressure exploded from United States politicians and the American public demanding that the country catch up and increase investment in rocket technology and aeronautics. In this lesson students will analyze the film Florida: Moonport USA to describe the effect of the United States space program on Florida's economy, growth and culture.

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Florida's Space Industry:

In this lesson, students learn about the creation, time-line, and impact of the "space race" and consequent space industry in Florida.

Type: Lesson Plan

Presentation/Slideshow

NASA Spinoff Website:

This website contains information about technologies developed and discoveries made as a result of NASA space research. It also contains links to the NASA Spinoff Virtual Manipulative, NASA Spinoff Game, NASA Exploration and Innovation Timeline Poster, Spinoff Flyers, a Spinoff Powerpoint, and Spinoff Magazine.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow

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NASA Spinoff Website:

This website contains information about technologies developed and discoveries made as a result of NASA space research. It also contains links to the NASA Spinoff Virtual Manipulative, NASA Spinoff Game, NASA Exploration and Innovation Timeline Poster, Spinoff Flyers, a Spinoff Powerpoint, and Spinoff Magazine.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow