October 3, 2012


Last month’s amazing photographs of the space shuttle Endeavour traveling to its final home at the California Science Center were both thrilling and quite sad. The retiring of the final shuttle spacecraft marks the end of manned space travel, at least for a while.


For today’s Writing Wednesday, we want you to read this excerpt from Seymour Simon’s SPACE TRAVELERS.












Your Assignment: As you read, think about why Mr. Simon chose to write about the Voyager 2 probe and other unmanned spacecraft that are exploring the solar system and beyond. And we would like to know your opinion: Do you think there are other civilizations out there that will be able to decode or "hear" the message that we put onboard the Voyager? Why or why not?

When you are finished, click on the yellow "Comments" link at the bottom of this article to post your writing. 

Note to Educators: Today’s Writing Wednesday exercise is designed to use in support of CCSS Reading/Informational Standard #2: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. SPACE TRAVELERS is one of the digital exclusive, recorded eBooks available in the StarWalk Kids digital collection. Click here for more information about signing up for a free, 60-day trial for your school.

Posted by: Liz Nealon

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