Exploring space

Exploring Space

Space is considered the last great frontier. Since the beginning of time, humans have looked up with wonder at the stars, moon, sun, and vastness of the heavens. This reading set covers some of the "firsts" in space exploration and some passages to encourage your student to wonder about other worlds.

Reading Passages In This Set


John F. Kennedy: Why the Moon?

President John F. Kennedy set an ambitious goal in 1961 that America would land on the moon before the end of the decade. In th...

683 Words, 8th-10th Grades, 1300L +, Figurative Language and Main / Central Idea


Project Mercury: The First Americans in Space

Students will read a passage about Project Mercury and learn about the Space Race and America’s first human spaceflight program...

519 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary


The Mercury 13: Paving the Way for Women in Space

Students will read a passage about the Mercury 13 and learn about the women who dreamed of being America’s first female astrona...

453 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary


The Argument

Blip and Dit-dit are best friends, but that doesn't mean they agree on everything. One day they have an argument, but will it r...

418 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Story Elements, Summary, and Theme


First American Woman in Space: Sally Ride

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Although the U.S. manned space program began in 1959...

283 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary


Dining in Space

Besides the obvious aeronautical engineering problems to work out, scientists who worked with manned space exploration also had...

496 Words, 7th-9th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Compare and Contrast and Summary