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NKC Game Descriptions and National Education Standards

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Game Descriptions and National Education Standards

NASA Kids' Club has educational games, engaging multimedia and visuals, and educational activities to cover K-4 students' developmental and learning abilities as addressed in national education standards in mathematics, science and technology. The skills levels provide a natural progression through the site that allows users to find games that are best suited to their varying abilities. Developmentally appropriate content is based on national education standards and benchmarks per grade level. Content is written within the K-4 reading levels as determined by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Score, a tool available in Microsoft Word.

National Education Standards

› 1996 National Science Education Standards (NSES)  →
› American Association for the Advancement of Science Project 2061: Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS)  →
› International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)  →
› International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)  →
› National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)  →
› Common Core State Standards Initiative -- English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards (CCSS)  →
› 2011 -- A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council) Organization (NRC)  →
› Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning Compendium Standards and Benchmarks (McREL)  →

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Level Five
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Level One -- Grade K Standards/Skills


Screenshot of the What Comes Next? game
Sequencing is an "out-of-this-world" experience.

What Comes Next?

Students view a row of space-related objects and must choose the one that comes next in the sequence.

NCTM Standard: Recognize, describe and extend patterns, such as sequences of sounds and shapes or simple numeric patterns, and translate from one representation to another.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Describe and compare measurable attributes.

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Screenshot of the Grab It! game
Grab all of the items that begin with the correct sound to help the space shuttle complete its journey.

Grab It

Students use the space shuttle's robotic arm to grab three items from a group of four that begin with the same sound as a given letter.

CCSS Reading Standard: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds.

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Screenshot of the It's Not the Same game
It takes a sharp eye to spot the differences in this game!

It's Not the Same

Students compare two space-themed drawings and are challenged to find five things that are not the same.

NCTM Standard: Sort and classify objects according to their attributes and organize data about the objects.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Analyze, compare, create and compose shapes.

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Level Two -- Grade 1 Standards/Skills


Screenshot of the Rocket Builder game
Design your own fleet of rockets.

Rocket Builder

Students are provided with a variety of shapes that they use to build a rocket.

NCTM Standard: Recognize, name, build, draw, compare, and sort two- and three-dimensional shapes.
ITEEA Standard: Students will develop an understanding of engineering design.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Reason with shapes and their attributes.

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Screenshot of the Airplane High Low game
Take the challenge. See if you can guess the correct number.

Airplane High Low

Students use clues provided by a cartoon airplane character to find a secret number.

NCTM Standard: Develop an understanding of the relative position and magnitude of whole numbers and of ordinal and cardinal numbers and their connections.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.

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Level Three -- Grade 2 Standards/Skills


Screenshot of the Addition Blastoff game
Can you add as fast as a rocket?

Addition Blastoff

Students group numbers to answer addition problems, which result in the successful launch of a rocket.

NCTM Standard: Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates.
Develop and use strategies for whole-number computations, with a focus on addition and subtraction.
Develop fluency with basic number combinations for addition and subtraction.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Add and subtract within 20.

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Screenshot of the Star Fall game
The night sky is full of stars. Try to capture them!

Star Fall

Students are challenged to capture groups of stars that are the same color. When captured, the stars disappear and points are accumulated.

AAAS Benchmark: More stars are in the sky than anyone can easily count, but they are not scattered evenly, and they are not all the same in brightness or color.
NSES Standard: Objects in the sky.
NCTM Standard: Understand patterns, relations and functions.

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Screenshot of the Roving on Mars game
Test your skills as you steer the Mars rover on its Martian mission.

Roving on Mars

Students use their fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination to navigate a rover through a maze on the surface of Mars.

ITEEA Standard: Students are proficient in the use of technology. Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes and other technologies.

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Level Four -- Grade 3 Standards/Skills


Screenshot of the Flip Time game
Test your memory and clock-reading skills.

Flip Time

Students are challenged to match analog times to the corresponding readings on digital clocks.

NCTM Standard: Recognize the attributes of length, volume, weight, area and time.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.

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Screenshot of the Search for Spinoffs game
Follow the clues to discover the NASA spinoffs hidden in the garage.

Search for Spinoffs

For more than 40 years, NASA has shared its technological discoveries with private industry, resulting in new products and services in medicine, transportation, public safety, computer technology and caring for Earth’s environment. In this game, students use clues to find hidden NASA spinoff items.

ITEEA Standard: Students will develop an understanding of the relationships among technologies and the connections between technology and other fields of study.
NSES Standard: Abilities of technological design.

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Level Five -- Grade 4 Standards/Skills


Screenshot of the Go to the Head of the Solar System game
See if you can guide the comet to reach the sun!

Go to the Head of the Solar System

Students are challenged to answer questions about celestial objects as they travel through the solar system.

NSES Standard: Objects in the sky.
AAAS Benchmark: Earth is one of several planets that orbit the sun, and the moon orbits around Earth.

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Screenshot of the Jumbled Jets game
Can you arrange the airplanes in the correct order?

Jumbled Jets

Students must use logic and reasoning skills to determine the correct arrangement of airplanes on a runway.

NCTM Standard: Understand patterns, relations and functions.
NCTM Standard: Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data.
NCTM Standard: Problem-solving.
NCTM Standard: Reasoning.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Generate and analyze patterns.

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Clubhouse


A bright blue jigsaw puzzle piece beside the words Put It Together
Try your skill at finding the answers to the puzzles.

Put It Together

Can you solve the puzzle? Students can choose a NASA image and the level of difficulty.

NCTM Standard: Understand patterns, relations and functions.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Analyze, compare, create and compose shapes.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Reason with shapes and their attributes.

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Screenshot of the Let's Fly Away Game
Explore past, present and future NASA aircraft.

Let's Fly Away

See pictures of cool NASA aircraft in this multifaceted slideshow.

CCSS Mathematics Standard: Identify and define shapes.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Analyze, compare, create and compose shapes.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Reason with shapes and their attributes.
NCTM Standard: Identify, compare and analyze attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes and develop vocabulary to describe the attributes.
NCTM Standard: Describe attributes and parts of two- and three-dimensional shapes.
NSES Standard: Science as a human endeavor.

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Planets revolving behind Astro-Matic 3000
Find out how old you would be or how much you would weigh.

Astro-Matic 3000

Discover what your age and weight would be on another planet or a moon.

NSES Standard: Objects in the sky.
NSES Standard: Earth in the solar system.
NCTM Standard: Recognize the attributes of length, volume, weight, area and time.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Describe and compare measurable attributes.

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Screenshot of Color NASA
Color pictures of wildlife living on different NASA centers.

Color NASA

See and color pictures of wildlife living on different NASA centers.

NSES Standard: Organisms and environments.

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Screenshot of Space Lunch game
Match tiles of Earth food and space food to complete the game.

Space Lunch Game

How well do you know the food groups? Match tiles of Earth food and space food to complete the game.

NSES Standard: Personal health.
NCTM Standard: Understand various types of patterns and functional relationships.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Represent and interpret data.
CCSS Mathematics Standard: Reason with shapes and attributes.
CCSS Language Standard: Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

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Nebula looks through a spyglass with words Why Do We Explore? floating above him
Read the story yourself or have it read to you.

Why Do We Explore? Storybook

An animated storybook explains why people have explored since the beginning of time.

CCSS Literature Standard: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas -- Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story.
CCSS Reading Standard: Fluency -- Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
NSES Standard: Science as a human endeavor.

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The words Window to Earth shown in a porthole
See pictures of Earth taken from space!

Window to Earth

Take a peek and see how Earth looks from space. Can you see the difference between a volcano and a lake?

NSES Standard: Changes in earth and sky.
National Geography Standard: The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface.
National Geography Standard: The physical and human characteristics of places.
National Geography Standard: How human actions modify the physical environment.

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Page Last Updated: February 12th, 2014
Page Editor: NASA Administrator