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4th-5th Grade History Learning Activity: Space Race

The Space Race was just one of the many factors in the Cold War. It was quite literally a race between the United States and Soviet Union to see who could outperform the other in aeronautical feats. The Soviet Union was the first nation to launch a man-made object in orbit around the earth. This spurred the United States to go bigger and bolder. Use the activity below to hear excerpts of famous words from John F. Kennedy and Neil Armstrong.

This activity is available in our American History B course

The second half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the westward movement of the late 1800s to the present. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students examine the impact of the settlement of the American West; investigate the social, political, and economic changes that resulted from industrialization; explore the changing role of the U.S. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War; and trace major events and trends in the United States from the Cold War through the first decade of the twenty-first century.

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