|Welcome to the Teacher's desk! Have a seat and get comfortable.
You have lots of things to look at here. You will find many useful
items on the desk. There are the typical organizational and informational
features, such as the Daily Lesson Planner
and a synopsis of how these materials correlate to the National
Along with this overview, these will orient you quickly to the
print materials that can be found at this site. The instructional
materials located here are designed for use in a 4th through 8th
grade classroom. They are cross-curricular in nature so that a teacher
can engage students with the subject matter from language arts to
mathematics. It also includes a mini-literature unit using the picture
Ruth Law Thrills a Nation by Don Brown. As you prepare your
materials and lesson plans, engage your students in an internet-based
introduction to this curriculum called Female Frontiers Internet
The Instructional Materials are divided into the following 4 sections:
Each section contains cross-curricular activities that can be used
in the classroom with your students. All the activities can be found
in the Student Handouts sub-section
on the Teacher's Desk in the form of Portable Document Format (PDF)
files. These PDF files can be downloaded and printed out on your printer.
These files consist of student activity sheets, student readings,
student guide sheets and student worksheets that can be used to complement
the information and activities found at this site.
The section Shuttle Aeronautics
introduces students to the basic aeronautical science involved with
the orbiter's flight. The students become familiar with the orbiter's
structure, parts and control surfaces. The students perform a hands-on
science exploration of the orbiter's control surfaces,
and a mathematical activity involving glide slope is introduced.
A typical flight scenario of a shuttle mission
is displayed, and a mathematical activity dealing with payload weight is
Work is an entire section dedicated to a social science approach
to women's roles in the American workplace. As mission STS-93 is
a groundbreaking flight in that it is the first flight commanded
by a female flight commander, it is fitting that focus is given
to how women continue to re-define their roles in the workplace.
This section includes a chart called"Continuity and Change
in Her Work" that displays the type of work women have performed
during the last 100 years. This chart is followed by guide sheets
to help with group discussions, guidesheets to assist with individual
reflection and other interactions addressing the emerging and evolving
roles of women in the American workforce.
The fourth section, Commander Collins focuses
not only on this groundbreaking female flight commander of a space
shuttle mission, but also involves students in the recognition of
the women in their own families. Other activities deal with the
importance of setting goals, and relate the steps that Commander
Collins followed to become a shuttle commander. The students also
get a glimpse of the kind of duties a shuttle commander
has on such a mission. In addition students can connect in a personal
way to this mission by familiarizing themselves with the personal
kit that each astronaut carries with him/her during the mission.
Students then react to this by creating their own personal preference kit. Students
will also be able to engage in online chats and interviews with key personnel
involved with this mission.
All in all, we know you'll find these materials useful as well
as easy to implement in your classroom.