We took turns rolling letter cube and they would identify the letter. Everyone wrote the letter in the sand with rocks. They built mountains and created planets with the rocks and sand.
Pluto was once considered a planet, but because of its small size, it is known as a dwarf planet. Its is made up of rock and ice. Pluto is the farthest celestial body from the sun. You would feel vey light on Pluto. Today we made a Pluto planet shaker! We used soufflé cups and rocks to create a shaker. We danced and shook our shakers to our favorite space music!
Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system; its average temperature is nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Venus is covered in thick clouds and is an orangish color. During this invitation to create, we used cotton balls and paint to create our own representation of Venus.
Mars is known as the "Red Planet." It has rocks and red dust. Mars can get very cold. It has creates, mountains and volcanoes. Today we created our own version of Mars using paper, glue, paint, shaving cream and red sand.
Mercury is the closest plantet to the sun.It can be etremely hot or cold. Mercury is rocky and has many craters. It orbits around the sun quickly. Mercry has no moons.
We made hot and cold shapes; we traced different sizes of lids to make blue and red circles. We talked about if you'd rather be hot or cold!
We made a planet Mercury stick. The cold side is blue and the hot side is red.
Earth is the third planet from the sun. It is special because it is the only planet with known life. Earth is mostly made up of ocean water. We created a collage by gluing continent shapes to a paper plate and I also provided blue and white paint.
Have a FANTASTIC weekend!
Comets are big balls of ice mixed with dust and rocks. They are sometimes referred to as "dirty snowballs." Comes have a tail and we can see them flying in the sky. When a meteor falls toward the earth, it becomes a comet with a fire tail. This is the same as a "shooting star." We designed a comet with crepe paper and a pom pom. We tossed them across the room to see them fly!
We built letters with legos. We rolled dice, counted and built towers to match the number on the dice with counting cubes.
We had busy St. Patrick's Day! We made leprechaun hand prints, rainbow names, and created a rainbow. I provided the kids with play dough and pipe cleaners and asked how they could build a rainbow.
Astronomers are people who study the moon, stars and planets. They use tools such as telescopes, cameras and computers to see what is in space. A telescope is an instrument used to see objects that are far away, such as stars or planets. We created our own telescopes using cardboard tubes and stickers. I put glow in the dark stars under the table and they pretended to be astronomers with their telescopes.