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This unit study includes lessons and activities based on the book The Sea of Tranquility by Mark Haddon.

Years ago there was a little boy who dreamed of rocketing to the moon, of landing on the crumbly rock and walking across the Sea of Tranquility.

He borrowed library books and read how astronauts had orbited the earth and walked in space. And every night he hoped that they would find a way to land on the moon and walk where he had dreamed of walking. And eventually, one cloudless night, they did.

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The Sea of Tranquility Unit Study Lessons

Here is a sample of the lessons found in this The Sea of Tranquility unit study:

Geography: Cape Canaveral
On a map, find Cape Canaveral, Florida. Place a story disk there (maybe a rocket ship or picture of an astronaut) At the time of the mission to the moon, it was called Cape Kennedy. Located on the eastern side of Florida along the Atlantic coast, it sits due east of Merritt Island, separated from it by the Banana River. It is part of a region known as the Space Coast, and is the site of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Many spacecraft are launched from both the Air Force station and the nearby Kennedy Space Center on nearby Merritt Island. The term “Cape Canaveral” or “Canaveral” has become synonymous with the launch site of spacecraft.

Occupations: Astronaut
It takes many years of training to become an astronaut. Many are trained at special facilities in Florida, Texas and Alabama. They have to learn how to move their bodies in space. Many astronauts train in special suits underwater. They fly in special jet-planes so they can feel what it is like to be weightless. The airplane dives 35,000 to 24,000 feet in about 20 seconds. They also learn parachute jumping, scuba diving, sea survival and land survival. Astronauts can be doctors, scientists, pilots, engineers, teachers and authors. They may work 16 hours a day. Astronauts have many jobs. They may deliver special equipment, like satellites or telescopes, pick up equipment or other astronauts, study the Earth from space, or conduct scientific experiments. 

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