Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster

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On February 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated over Texas.  Created by Beth Hammett  Visit My Store

Done in engaging, comic book format, this packet includes 45 pages of informational facts and blank comic handouts for writing activities.


Introduction by Governor Rick Perry

Definition of NASA

Crew Members of Columbia space shuttle

Let's Meet...biographies on each of the 7 crew members

Seating Chart

Reporter stating basic shuttle facts

NASA Control Center and problem reported

Television reporter stating options for problem

Re-entry to earth's atmosphere

Flight Path of Re-Entry

Timeline of Re-Entry

Timeline of shuttle disintegration

Scientific experiment discovered in debris

Timeline of Events

Dedication by President George W. Bush

Columbia Memorial

Uses critical thinking and writing skills along with research to learn about the Columbia space shuttle disaster. Use with History and Social Studies, and/or across-curriculum for introduction, reinforcement, or assessment. Meets Texas TEKS and CCSS.

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9 Reviews

  • 5


    Posted by Monica on Jun 23rd 2020

    Great resource!

  • 5

    very detailed!

    Posted by Michellle Dawson on Jun 17th 2020

    I imagine most people glaze over this information/event in history. This resource connects you with the humans that were involved and will allow students to feel a personal loss.

  • 5

    Respectfully Done!

    Posted by Christy on Jun 17th 2020

    Having items for the students to color as well as follow along and take notes keeps students engaged in the activity. This resource is well done, fact based and allows for great discussion!

  • 5

    Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster

    Posted by Cortney Gaynes on Jun 17th 2020

    I love that you can download the PDF or the PPT. I also love how easy it is for my students to read and follow along!

  • 5


    Posted by Esther Gonzales on Jun 16th 2020

    I used the PowerPoint as a lesson for my students and they had the fill-in booklet to write their notes as they learned all the different aspects of this Space Flight!

  • 4

    meet the astronauts

    Posted by Nancy on Jun 16th 2020

    Lots of detailed information on the astronauts who lost their lives in the Columbia Shuttle Disaster. Presented in a kid-friendly format.

  • 5

    Another "Where were you" moment

    Posted by Matthew Forman on Jun 16th 2020

    Man. This is intense for such a "simple" resource. Very detailed for the space given (no pun intended). The PDF and the PowerPoint are both super resources on their own, but used together, they are dynamic. Thank you.

  • 5

    Tons of information!

    Posted by John Wilson on Jun 15th 2020

    This lesson is jam packed with fun facts and interesting tidbits! The PowerPoint can easily be projected for the class to follow along with or sent out for them to view the digital version.

  • 5

    Very educational!

    Posted by Bryan McAuley on Jun 15th 2020

    Our class recently went on a field trip to Johnson Space Center. This is an excellent companion product.

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