Neil Armstrong and the moon landing

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By Brenda Williams

Check out this new Key Stage 2 Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 moon landing lesson plan. The lesson is also available as a slideshow with full teacher notes here.

Neil Armstrong ppt lesson plan

Topic links to the National Curriculum

History: Neil Armstrong is one of the most significant individuals in history who has contributed to international achievements by his landing and walking on the moon. The landing of Apollo 11 was a very important historical event in its advancement of our exploration of space. Teacher led discussions about the story of the first man to walk on the moon, will encourage children to ask questions and understand the importance of this event.
Geography: Using atlas’s and globes to check on the location of the launch and recovery sites of the Apollo mission will encourage their interpretation of geographical information, such as maps. Discussing the formation of igneous rocks found on the surface of the moon will help their understanding of its geographical features.
English: Composing their own messages to leave on the moon will develop their ability to structure and sequence sentences. Identifying and using a range of adjectives to express emotions of loneliness, will encourage an empathy with characters, both real and fictional, and develop their descriptive vocabulary for spoken and written language.

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Armstrong was born in Ohio on 5th August 1930. Following a visit to an air show as a child he became captivated by the idea of flying, and obtained his pilot’s license at the early age of fifteen. He studied aerospace engineering at university, and fought as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. Still excited by flying, he later took on the hazardous role of a test pilot, flying many pioneering planes. In 1962 he passed all the physical tests to finally become an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NASA). In 1966 he was the command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission, successful docking two vehicles in space for the first time. Two years later he was given the opportunity to command Apollo 11 and so became the first man to land on the moon. He died on 25th August 2012.

Lesson Plan Activities

1. The Man on the Moon

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