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History - General

Yuri Gagarin Becomes the First Human to Orbit the Earth

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will learn about Yuri Gagarin, the first human to orbit the Earth. They will explore the historical context of the space race, the significance of Gagarin's achievement, and the impact it had on the world.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the historical context of the space race
  • Understand the significance of Yuri Gagarin's achievement
  • Can explain the impact of Gagarin's achievement on the world

Methodology

This lesson will be delivered through a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in class discussions.

Resources/Materials

  • Textbook: The Space Race: A History
  • Online articles about Yuri Gagarin and the space race
  • Images and videos of Yuri Gagarin and the Vostok 1 mission
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Handouts for group activities

Activities

Activity 1: Historical Context

Students will read a chapter from the textbook about the space race and the political tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. They will then discuss the significance of the space race and how it impacted the world.

Activity 2: Yuri Gagarin's Achievement

Students will watch a video about Yuri Gagarin's life and the Vostok 1 mission. They will then discuss the significance of Gagarin's achievement and how it impacted the world.

Activity 3: Impact on the World

Students will work in groups to create a timeline of the major events in space exploration since Yuri Gagarin's flight. They will then discuss the impact of space exploration on the world and how it has changed over time.

Assessment

Assessment will be based on participation in class discussions and group activities, as well as a written reflection on the significance of Yuri Gagarin's achievement and its impact on the world.

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13 months ago
This lesson plan complies with the Common Core State Standards for History/Social Studies.

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