1st Edition

Space, Structure, and Story Integrated Science and ELA Lessons for Gifted and Advanced Learners in Grades 4-6

By Tamra Stambaugh, Emily Mofield Copyright 2018
    224 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Winner of the 2017 NAGC Curriculum Studies Award

    Space, Structure, and Story integrates Earth and space science with science fiction and nonfiction texts, poetry, and art. This unit, developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Students explore advanced science and ELA content through the lens of structure—its parts, purpose, and function.

    Mobius strips, the hero's journey, dystopian fiction, black holes, Einstein's relativity, stars, and moons are just a few of the captivating in-depth topics explored through accelerated content, engaging activities, and differentiated tasks.

    Ideal for gifted classrooms or gifted pull-out groups, the unit features poetry from Carl Sandburg, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and C. S. Lewis; art from M. C. Escher, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Salvador Dali; a novel study featuring A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle; short stories from Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury; speeches from President John F. Kennedy and President Barack Obama; and informational texts about gravity, orbits, and black holes.

    Grades 4-6


    Acknowledgements Introduction Pretest Pretest Rubric Lesson 1 The Paradox of Mobius Strips Lesson 2 A Wrinkle in Time Lesson 3 What Is the Gravity of Gravity? Lesson 4 Einstein, Spacetime, and Planetary Orbits: It’s All Relative Lesson 5 The Structure of Spacetime and Black Holes Lesson 6 Science Fiction Lesson 7 The Structure of Time on Earth Lesson 8 Inspiration in Moon Art and Poems Lesson 9 “We Choose to Go to the Moon Lesson 10 Barack Obama’s Speech at Kennedy Space Center Lesson 11 Space, Travel, and Scale Lesson 12 Culminating Project Posttest Posttest Rubric References Appendix A: Instructions for Using the Models Appendix B: Blank Models and Guides Appendix C: Rubrics About the Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment Next Generation Science Standards Alignment


    Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., is an assistant research professor in special education and Executive Director for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University.

    Emily Mofield, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Lipscomb University. Her background includes 15 years experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services.

    "A great guide for educators that lack the experience of designing entire units of work, [it] could be used to help write other units as well. A work to be considered for placement in media centers to assist new educators in the production of good lesson plans and those ever popular rubrics."

    Lewie Dunn, Georgia Military College, 2/3/18