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Mrs. Salinas, Mrs.Saam, and Ms. MacKay's 3rd grade classes students boldly went where no 3rd grade student had gone before (well, since last year), near and deep space to explore and investigate celestial objects and phenomena.

Students conducted research on their selected space topic using traditional and electronic resources, Space and Astronomy Pathfinder. Students took notes, cited their sources, and created a bibliography to ensure they were giving credit where credit is due. They then put on their movie director and editor hats and using a storyboard laid our their information flow. Finally, they migrated their storyboards into a video presentation using Animoto to highlight their findings and add visuals (Creative Commons and Public Domain licensed imagery).

5-4-3-2-1---BLAST OFF!

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AliyahB Van Allen Belts

FinlayB Meteors

MiaC Worm Hole

IanG Black Hole

PaigeH Pulsars

JoeyH Galaxies

HaydenH Asteroids

KaiJ Comets

OwenK Quasars

ShannaM Van Allen Belts

MaiN Kuiper Belt

SophiaP Asteroids

NiveditaP Supernova

RubyS Pulsars

StellaS Supernova

AllieS Galaxies

ZachT Nebulas

RyanV Meteors

KaidenW Nebula

EmmaW Kuiper Belt

JackW BlackHoles

AbbyY Hubble Telescope


ElizabethB Pulsar

LexiC Nebula

CaitlynF Galaxy

AydinG Nebula

KayleeH Supernova

AmberJ Venus

SreyaK Hubble Telescope

DylanK Neutron Stars

NiaK Comets

MichaelL Meteors

AndreyL Worm Holes

SamL Galaxy

MeganM Hubble Telescope

JackM Supernovas

HannahN Quasar

RachelN Van Allen Belts

EvanP Black Holes

JamesR Asteroids

XavierS Kuiper Belt

JaceS Supernova

JacksonS Neutron Star

AtmikV Black Holes

KyleW Pulsars

BenX Worm Holes

SeanW Quasar

MateaM Meteors


MonetB Magnificent Magellanic Cloud

CeciliaA Black Holes

IsabelleS Comets

DominicA Supernova

KennedyB Black Holes

AshleyB Comets

AsherB Black Holes

KatieG Magnificent Magellanic Cloud

AutumnB Black Holes

MaceyF Worm Holes

MaggieB Black Holes

EthanH Quasars

LindseyG Black Holes

EloiseB Black Holes

CooperH Worm Holes

CalebK Neutron Stars

JordanL Galaxy

BennettM Nebula

ConnorM Magellanic Cloud

EvelinaM Worm Holes

AmeliaP Magellanic Cloud

TessaM Worm Holes

RyanR Black Holes

LaurenR Black Holes

TimmyS Accretion Disks

CallanT Supernova


1. Choose a topic for research from a list of questions, assigned topic or personal area of interest.

2. Utilize appropriate searching techniques to gather information from a variety of locations (e.g., classroom, school library, public library or community resources).

3. Acquire information from multiple sources (e.g., books, magazines, video, Safe Searching resources and topic-specific Web sites) and collect data (e.g., take notes, conduct interviews, experiments, observations, and or surveys) about the topic.

4. Identify important information found in the sources and summarize the important findings, (e.g., utilize a graphic organizer and or create note cards or enotecards).

5. Sort relevant information into categories about the topic.

6. Understand the importance of citing sources (written and visual)

7. Use a variety of communication techniques, including oral, visual, written or multimedia reports, to present findings gathered.

AASL 21st Learner Skills:

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.


1.Creativity and Innovation

2. Communication and Collaboration

3. Research and Information Fluency

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

5. Digital Citizenship

6. Technology Operations and Concepts