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An integrated curriculum unit for grades 6-8, created by middle school teachers Karen Cristian, Kelly Graveson and Rachel Usher
Welcome to our Space Week page! "Launched" in 2012, Space Week is an exciting annual event in Douglas, MA that incorporates space studies throughout our middle school curriculum. We have created and adapted standards based lessons and activities in subject areas including English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Spanish, Music, Art, and of course, Science! In addition to a core set of lessons, we pick a yearly focus for our studies. In 2012, our students learned about the problem of orbital debris and wrote impassioned letters to our legislators and government officials advocating for the protection of the space environment. In 2013, we placed a particular focus on the International Space Station, since our students participated in a live downlink with three astronauts aboard the ISS in June!
On this page, you will find a prezi that gives an overview of our activities at grades 6, 7 and 8. We have also included links to some of the awards this unit has earned, as well as a link to our generous funding source, the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation.
The navigation bar on the right will lead you to several other related pages. In most cases, clicking on pictures will also take you to other related resources. We will continue to add content as Space Week evolves. We are so proud of this unit and we hope that you will find this wiki useful for replicating some or all of these activities for your own students!
If you'd like to discuss any of the content on this wiki or the planning that went into Space Week, we'd be happy to talk to you! We can be reached at
Winner of the 2013 New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) Beane-Brodhagen Award for Exemplary Integrated Unit
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Recipient of the 2012 Blackstone Valley Consortium Promising Practices Award for Teachers
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Made possible through a generous grant from the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation
To visit the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation website, click on the image above.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and continues to support Space Week in Douglas, including our administrators, fellow teachers, parents, community members, the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation, the Blackstone Valley Consortium, the MA Cultural Council, NASA, Raytheon, the WPI STEM Education Center, the EcoTarium, the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University, the Boston Museum of Science, and of course, our students!
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