International Space Station


International Space Station is a unique lesson that teaches students about this incredible structure. Students will learn about the history behind the development and construction of the station. They will also discover interesting facts about its design and the people who worked on it.

There are quite a few suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page that you could incorporate into the lesson. For instance, one idea is to have students give “tours” of the space station after turning the classroom into the inside of the international space station.

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What our International Space Station lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: International Space Station explores the history and construction of this important structure in outer space. Students will discover the role Russia and the U.S. played in building the space station. They will also learn about its design and other interesting facts. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. This lesson requires colored pencils and rulers, as well as various materials for part 2 of the activity if you choose to do it.

Options for Lesson

The “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page provides several suggestions of ideas and activities to add to the lesson. A few relate to the activity portion. Students could work alone or in larger groups for the activity. You could also assign the activity as an at-home project rather than doing it in class. Students could vote on best, most creative, etc. design once they all finish. Another option is to assign students one astronaut who has spent time on the ISS. Students could then present the information they find to the class. Invite an amateur astronomer to speak to the class and answer questions students have. You could plan an “International Space Day” during which you invite other classes in the school to visit the room to view the space station models your students created. One more idea is to have students give “tours” of your classroom after you transform it into the inside of the international space station.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page provides an extra paragraph of information to help guide the lesson. It suggests teaching this lesson in conjunction with others about outer space. It also invites you to use resources available to you from NASA to help students learn even more. You can use the blank lines to write down any other ideas or thoughts you have about the topic as you prepare.


The International Space Station lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will help students solidify their grasp of the material they learned throughout the lesson. You can refer to the classroom procedure guidelines to know when to hand out each worksheet.

Worksheet Answer Keys

If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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This unit was out of this world!

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Leads to a big project for me

I use this every year before my class designs and builds a space station model of their own. They love it and learn a lot about the space station and the different parts needed for it to function.

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