Video Writing Prompt: Skydiving from Space

Christine Wojdyla, TeachHUB

Felix Baumgartner recently made headlines by jumping from over 128,000 feet above the earth.  After two test jumps, of 15 and 18 miles high, Felix took the ultimate plunge over the desert near Roswell, New Mexico. With a thumbs-up before the jump and a victory pose after he landed, Baumgartner became the first man to break the sound barrier wearing only a protective suit. 

For this video writing prompt, use the video of this epic current event to get your students thinking and writing about records, stunts, and more. 


K-2 View from the Top

Felix flew from outer space to earth in just a few minutes.  Draw a picture as if you were above the earth looking down. What would it look like? How would you feel?

3-5 Dare-Devil Stunts

Felix flew high in the air for several hours, before jumping down to the earth. He has spent many years working towards this jump, with many other lower dives. Around the world, many men, just like Felix, prepare and plan for dare-devil stunts just like this one. Would you want to grow up to be a dare-devil? What type of stunts would you do?

6-8 Record Breakers

Felix broke several records in this exciting jump. He jumped from a record-breaking height of 24 miles above the earth, he reached record speeds of over 700 miles per hour, and he was the first man to break the sound barrier (move faster than the speed of sound). Can you think of a world record that you could match or break? How would you go about preparing for your world record?

9-12 Faster than a Speeding Bullet

Felix reached speeds of over 700 miles per hour. His speed surpassed the sound barrier. Using what you know about the sound barrier, what do you think happens when someone or something moves faster than the speed of sound? How do you think that Felix felt before, during, and after the jump? 


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