Two subjects I've always been fascinated by are twin studies, and space exploration -- an unlikely pairing which, in the mission of Scott Kelley, has enabled scientists to glean data, as never before, on the effects of spaceflight on the body.
You can watch all the episodes of Time'sdocumentary, "A Year In Space," here; and find learning activities based on the series here and here. Visit the following sites for additional free resources about astronauts and space:
All About Spacesuits: This interactive resource, created by NASA, explains how a spacesuit functions as a personal, mini-spacecraft that enables an astronaut to live and work in the harsh space environment. Learn about the suits worn for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, shuttle, and spacewalk missions.
Space Exploration Mini-Unit: Seven lessons, with articles and videos, beginning with how to become an astronaut, and culminating in the future of space exploration.
Train Like an Astronaut: Combine learning about the requirements of space exploration with physical fitness. This site offers videos and free activity guides that explain how exercise and proper nutrition help astronauts maintain and improve important aspects of fitness such as physical strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Astronaut Videos: See how astronauts eat, sleep, brush their teeth and do other tasks aboard the International Space Station.
Compare/Contrast Two Works of Art: Provides a chart with suggested things to look for, such as elements of art present in the work and mood of the work. Observations can be turned into short essays.
Learn About Linear Perspective: Use a drawing interactive to examine three paintings to look for perspective lines, vanishing point, and horizon line. Then click an empty room to try to apply the rules of perspective.
Visit Leonardo’s Workshop: Learn about simple machines; play a game in which you try to identify the machines in Leonardo’s sketches; make your own sketches of gadgets to show how they work. Learn more about the artist at Exploring Leonardo.
So remember a while back when I posted what I thought was one of the funniest videos ever? Well that was just his vlog. And as awesome as his vlogs are, I just recently discovered that Charlie McDonnell also sings and writes his own music! (Along with some awesome ukelele playing.)
Charlie wrote an entire album of music and released his CD called "This is Me." (He's also in a band that does songs about Doctor Who but seeing as I don't watch that show it doesn't appeal to me as much.) Anyway, on his amazing album there are 13 tracks, each one of them a funny song he wrote about the most random subjects.
My favorites are:
A Song About Acne - He wrote an entire song devoted to his acne. It's completely ridiculous, and a little gross at time. 4 out of 5 stars.
A Song About Love - Charlie was challenged to write a song using only his voice and objects that weren't real instruments and he rose to the occasion. And he writes some pretty sweet lyrics about his woman who's waiting but she's not a woman yet...( I just KNOW he's talking about me!) 5 out of 5 stars.
Duet With Myself - The titles pretty self-explanatory. The lyrics are great, he spends the whole song making fun of himself.5 out of 5 stars.
A Song About Monkeys- The one I posted up at the top there. For four minutes you get to listen to him sing about why monkeys are his favorite animal, while a ukelele playing monkey sits and whistles beside him. It's GOLD. 4 out of 5 stars.
You can find his videos for all of those songs on his official charlieissocoollike YouTube channel. I suggest you look them up and watch, I bet you'll enjoy them just as much as I do.