As second quarter comes to a close, our outer space unit is quickly ending as well. The inner space cadet in me is very sad and I'm not quite ready to move on.... but alas! There's always next year.
Here's a peak at a few of the activities we did this month to learn about Earth and its planetary neighbors. If you would like more information on any activity, please email me! I love chatting with teachers around the country. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Toilet Paper Solar System. Read more about that exciting adventure here.
How Far Can You Jump in Space? A fun activity that tied math, graphing, science, and technology together.
Oreo Cookie Moon Phases. Now that we've eaten both the Sun and the Moon, one student has requested that we eat all 8 planets. I told him that I'd work on that one. :)
Google Earth. Yesterday, I blogged about using Google Earth to explore not only Earth, but the Moon, Mars, and the sky! Read about it here.
Designing Constellations with Chalk. We spent a morning outlining constellations on black paper. Read about it here.
Phases of the Moon. Thank goodness for Mr. Parr and his oh-so-creative Youtube channel. My kids LOVE his science songs and it's a hoot watching them sing along. One of our (uhh..my) favorites is the Phases of the Moon one. Check it out below!
SKYPE! Today, we had the pleasure of chatting with both John and Barbara down in Texas. My kids were incredibly excited to speak LIVE with someone who works at NASA. What an incredible experience!
That's just a snapshot of what we've been up to this month. Also just a snapshot of everything I remembered to take a picture of. Next, we'll be studying force and motion.
Tips? I'm all ears!