Crash Landing!

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In this activity, groups cut out and sort cards showing items recovered from a crash landing on the Moon. The 12 items range from food and water to rope and matches to a self-inflating life raft. The group discusses which items to keep and which to leave, ranks the keepers in order of usefulness, and glues them down. Teamwork is essential, and a debriefing discussion can help multiple groups consider alternative ideas for surviving on the Moon. Included is a ranked list of the items by a NASA engineer, but it is only for comparison--there is no right answer, though some answers are better than others.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Crash Landing! Handouts (from PDF)
  • Scissors, 1 per family
  • Glue sticks, 1 per family
  • Flip chart and markers, blackboard and chalk or whiteboard and dry erase markers


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
    • Solar System
      • The Moon


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chippindale, Suzanne ; QED Communications Inc., The Space Age Activity Guide


  • All rights reserved, QED Communications Inc., 1992