Who Was The First Black Woman in Space?

You don't have to look like Neil Armstrong to work for NASA, and that's why we LOVE Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go to space! This simple collage portrait celebrates her epic journey in her space suit and helmet.

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Each student will need:

  • 1 piece of black construction paper (dark blue will work too)
  • 1/2 piece of orange construction paper
  • 1 brown pre-cut circle
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or colored pencils (must have white)

Cut the orange paper into the shape of her shoulders. One end should be straight to line up with the edge of the black paper. Glue it onto the black paper as shown. Glue the head, then add details to her space suit (zipper, patches, dots, etc.), draw her face, and use white crayon/colored pencil for stars and other cosmic objects. Don't forget her helmet!

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Note: I tend to draw "pie eyes," like old Mickey Mouse cartoons. You will see this in my students' drawings quite a bit!