Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Landing Back on Earth

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. [jordon.furnell@gmail.com]

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!


  1. Lucky, Lucky Girl!
    How great that you and your class got to Skype with John! (And don't you just LOVE Barbara G. from the Corner? She's one of my BloggyFavs!)
    I enjoyed reading about your space adventures--through the use of toilet paper, no less!
    I always leave feeling happy after visiting your blog...
    Happy December, Jordon!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  4. Hi, I randomly stumbled upon your blog. I love how much work you do with space for your kids. Keep it up!

    I was wondering if you've requested materials from NASA to hand out for your kids. If not, I've provided info below for the education office of NASA's Launch Services Program out of Kennedy Space Center. You can request materials just because you're covering it in class, and make a request every year. Make the request and it should arrive with in a few weeks. It's free, since it's a part of the outreach/education NASA is mandated to do (and because we love to).

    Email ksc-lsp-education@mail.nasa.gov. They may not get back to you until January, but they can hook you up with some great NASA materials for the kids.

  5. Hello! I'm a teacher, currently teaching space to my kids. How did you manage a Skype session with a NASA scientist?? I'd LOVE to do this with my kids....could you give me some advice on how to do it?! Thanks so much!


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