|Crew of Apollo 7 (NASA photo)|
In honor of Veteran's Day our class wrote letters thanking a veteran in our family (or neighbor). My student wrote to her grandfather (who happens to also live with her) and he wrote back. Not only did he write back but he sent in his yearbook from the ship on which he was stationed, pictures of that vessel and some amazing photos of Apollo 7's splashdown from 1968!
As this young lady shared the photos (via the class document camera) she spoke knowledgeably about each one of them. The photos were taken from the ship (where her Grandpa was assigned) the U.S.S. Essex on October 22, 1968 as they recovered the space capsule from the waters. She fielded questions from her classmates and answered them intelligently. It was clear that she spent time listening and learning from her Grandfather.
|Splashdown - Navy Frogs|
It is important sometimes to forgo the plans and capture the excitement and enthusiasm for learning that comes from those teachable moments. What was your last 'teachable moment'? Please share it in the comment section below!
Learn more with Apollo 7 Resources:
Encyclopedia Astronautica: Scroll down to see a great timeline beginning in March 1965
Astronomy Top 100: This site speaks about Apollo 7 being broadcast 'Live'
NASA Video of Apollo 7
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum A brief summary of Apollo 7's mission.