Labor Day & Community Helpers Lesson Plans: The Astronaut

The Astronaut

1. Introduction.

Speak to children about what an astronaut is and what they do. Teach the students about how the astronauts live in space, what they eat, why they go into space, how to become an astronaut, etc. Some detailed information for the teacher can be found at:

NASA’s website: Find an abundance of information about astronauts.

It would be good to also go over the nine planets with the children at this point and go over what is in outer space…the moon, stars, etc.

Kid Zone: Find kid-friendly facts about planets.

2. Book Selection:

I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

What’s Out There? by Lynn Wilson

Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney

Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton

3. Letters

Have child color picture of the letter A and teach the child that the word Astronaut starts with the letter A. Coloring page can be found below.

Coloring pages of an astronaut can be found in below links:

https://www.first-school.ws/theme/cp_comhelpers.htm

https://images.google.com/images?q=astronaut+coloring+page&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&um=1&sa=X&oi=images&ct=title

4. Crafts.

Choose an astronaut craft to do with the children. Several crafts can be found in the links below:

https://www.makingfriends.com/friends/f_you.htm use child’s picture to make him/her an astronaut

https://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/space/mspacesuit.html spacesuit craft

https://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/space/mastronaut.htm toilet paper astronaut craft

5. Cooking with kids.

Below you will find an easy and fun recipe for astronaut pudding.

(https://www.theideabox.com/Astronaut_pudding.html)

Another fun idea is to order actual freeze dried astronaut ice cream.

(https://www.goestores.com/catalog.aspx?Merchant=alltherightstuffinc&DeptID=119453)

6. Fun with numbers.

Have children learn about numbers using the matching worksheets provided.

7. Song time, Finger play & Dramatic play

Astronaut Song

Climb Aboard the Spaceship

Can You Count the Stars (Finger Play)

It’s A Blast (Dramatic Play)

8. Making a book.

Finish up the lesson by having the children look through magazines to find anything space, astronomy, astronaut related. Allow them to cut and paste these pictures onto page Astronaut & Space Pictures Page below. By the end of the unit the children will have various collages of community helpers/workers that they can make into a book.

Worksheets

A is for Astronaut
Math -Astronaut Worksheet
Astronaut Songs
Astronaut & Space Pictures

This post is part of the series: Community Helpers Lesson Plans: Units of Study for Labor Day

These series of lessons involve teaching students about Community Helpers such as Teachers, Doctors, Pilots, and Bakers! Plenty of educational material provided for free including alphabet worksheets, math worksheets, crafts, and recipe ideas!
  1. A Unit of Study Introducing Community Helpers
  2. Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Astronaut
  3. Activities for the Community Helper: The Baker
  4. Teaching Kids About the Community Helper: The Farmer
  5. Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Firefighter
  6. Labor Day Lesson Plan: The Police Officer
  7. Activities to Teach Kids About Doctors and Nurses
  8. Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Postal Worker Activity
  9. Airplane Lesson Plans: The Pilot
  10. Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Teacher
  11. Review Community Helpers & Hold a Career Day at School