Resources & Activities
Talk About It
After watching the program, ask:
- What job was the most interesting to you? Why?
- What is something new that you learned?
- Is it hard to stick with something when you face challenges or make mistakes? What are some ways you can remind yourself to keep trying?
When children learn something new, reminding them of that learning through play or practice can help those new concepts stick.
Watch this song about stars and constellations from Ready Jet Go:
Build a Constellation
Build a constellation using mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Check out these constellation images and then use marshmallows as stars and connect them with toothpicks to build out the constellation shape.
Learn more about constellations in this Ready Jet Go clip:
Pretend to be a scientist exploring items from space.
Use an empty box (think medium sized delivery box or copy paper box size). Have a grown-up cut two holes in the side big enough for the child’s hands to go through and remove the top of the box. Attach plastic gloves or gardening gloves to the inside of the cut-out holes with duct tape. Add rocks, pinecones, and other items into the box and cover the top of the box with plastic wrap. Explore the items like a scientist. Describe the look and the feel of the objects. Write down your observations.
Read About It
There are lots of great books about space that you can pick up at your local library.
Easy Reader Book
Juvenile Nonfiction Books
Each Family Night program will feature book recommendations from a local librarian in the Commonwealth. Family Night: Space book suggestions are from Melanie Verliin, Youth Services Coordinator at Franklin County Libraries’ Grove Family Library in Chambersburg.
Please check hours and COVID restrictions at their website.
Lots more to explore at pbslearningmedia.org! This free resource allows you to access so many of the great assets of PBS and you can search by topic, content area and age. Many of the video or audio clips also include PA Standards-based lesson plans ready for you to use right now!