Wednesday, 8 May 2013

To The Moon

Last week was space week and we had so much fun discovering the planets and learning about our solar system.  We concentrated on Earth, the sun, and the moon, but did discuss the planets in our solar system as well. 

Outdoor play included drawing a chalk sun in the center of the driveway with orbits for the various planets.  The children became the planets orbiting the sun and through this activity, were able to gain an understanding of day and night as well as seasons.  They were able to visualize why Mercury was hot and Neptune cold.

The children painted Earth with puffy paint - we added green paint to the puffy paint and that became an experiment in itself because as soon as we added the paint, (I was afraid food colouring would stain their hands so went with paint) it thickened and became a little stretchy... very cool - TRY IT! 



We also made space shuttles - I used the template found on Kids Craft Weekly and added the children's faces to the shuttle before printing it.  We glued the template to a section of paper towel tube - it fit perfectly - then we simply stuffed tissue paper in the bottom.


We experimented with dropping objects from various heights to facilitate a discussion on gravity.

Some of the songs we sang during the week included...

Blues Clues Planet Song (which opened up a discussion on why Pluto is no longer a planet... my little angels felt bad for Pluto... how cute is that!)

The Planet Song

Well the Sun's a hot star
Mercury's hot, too
Venus is the brightest planet
Earth's home to me and you
Mars is the red one
And Jupiter's most wide
Saturn's got those icy rings
And Uranus spins on its side
Neptune's really windy
And Pluto's really small
Well we wanted to name the planets
And now we've named them all.


Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon
If you'd like to take a trip
Step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon!

Aikendrum

There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon.
There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aikendrum.
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle.
He played upon a ladle and his name was Aikendrum.
And his hair was made of spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti.
His hair was made of spaghetti and his name was Aikendrum.
And his eyes were made of meatballs, meatballs, meatballs.
His eyes were made of meatballs and his name was Aikendrum.
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle.
He played upon a ladle and his name was Aikendrum.
And his nose was made of cheese, cheese, cheese.
His nose was made of cheese and his name was Aikendrum.
And his mouth was made of pizza, pizza, pizza.
His mouth was made of pizza and his name was Aikendrum.
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle.
He played upon a ladle and his name was Aikendrum.
There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon.
There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aikendrum.

Oh Mr. Sun

Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun
Won't you please shine down on me
Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun
Hiding behind the tree
These little children are asking you
To please come out so they can play with you
Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun
Won't you please shine down on,
please shine down on, please shine down on me-e-e!

We started our unit on 3D shapes this week as well so I created this alien shape sorting game.

 
 

4 comments:

  1. Love the rocket ships!

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  2. Thank-you... the template made them so easy to make!

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  3. Awesome creation..Ruth..thanks so much..love your rocket ships...
    huge hugs..
    shirley

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  4. Thanks... the children really enjoyed this theme :)

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