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Earth’s Orbit Misconception

astronauts-on-moon This past week we started our unit on SPACE and have been having so much fun learning about the Sun, Earth, and the moon. (I will be posting pictures throughout our unit so check in often to see how we’re doing.) To begin our unit I decided to tackle one of the biggest MISCONCEPTIONS that children have…. believing that the Sun travels, or obits, around the Sun. Can you blame them? I mean I know that every morning on my drive to school I see the Sun rising in the sky. So, I can understand why children believe that. So I decided to tackle this task by creating our very own models which you can download for FREE here. First I introduced my kiddos to some wonders about the Sun, the Earth, and the moon and we discussed how the Earth and the moon really travel. We then began our project. 6We started by coloring a picture of the Sun, the Earth, and the moon. While coloring we looked at the different sizes of each and spoke about how LARGE the Sun really is. 5Next, we cut everything out, including the 2 rectangles that would be used to help us orbit our Earth and moon. 4   Then came time to glue our tiny moon down. Many students were shocked at how much smaller the moon was when compared to the Sun! I kept hearing… “It’s so tiny!” :0) 3 The next step I did, even though you could have your students puncture the paper with their own pencils. Then came time to assemble all of our pieces together. 2 The Earth goes first, so that it can orbit around the Sun. 1 Next, goes the moon so that it can orbit the Earth. The last thing we did after having a blast orbiting the Earth and the moon was to explain our learning in writing. Space Orbit JPEG What I also loved about this activity was that it was big enough for the students to manipulate themselves, yet small enough that when we were finished with the activity they could paperclip their model to their science notebooks. We even glued our writing activity to a page so that everything could be kept in one place. The only recommendation that I would give when completing this activity is that although you can print the pattern on regular paper, cardstock or construction paper works best. Especially if you are going to have a lot of orbiting going on in your classroom! If you do use this activity with your kiddos, please let me know how it went. I’d love to hear from you! XOXO, Melissa Signature Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

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    Cynthia
    February 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! This is absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    Cynthia
    2nd Grade Pad

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    Eclectic Educating
    February 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Wow! Love the idea of pairing the hands on activity with the writing.(Especially since it is a "how" question!) Definitely pinning for future reference. Thanks!

    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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      Melissa Yalesias
      February 20, 2013 at 4:48 am

      Amy, I love to have my students explain their understanding. Especially when it comes to science. That is my way of assessing who got it and who needs a little more attention.
      Thanks,
      :0) Melissa

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    Middle Grades Maven
    February 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Fantastic freebie! 🙂

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    Richard Giso
    February 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    This is a great visual. More importantly, I like the sheets to hold students accountable to their learning after the lesson–I'm all for that. Thanks for sharing; I'm excited to be your newest follower.

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      Melissa Yalesias
      February 20, 2013 at 4:50 am

      I'm glad you liked the freebie and I hope you are able to use it in your class.
      I love new followers, so welcome!
      :0) Melissa

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    Sarah Winchell
    February 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I really like this especially since you are having the kiddos write about science. I hope you got to check out my freebie for solar system art!
    I'm a new follower!
    Sarah
    I Dream of First Grade

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      Melissa Yalesias
      February 20, 2013 at 4:52 am

      Love the solar system art! Beautiful colors… Actually, I love art in any subject… LOL! Stay tuned because during the next few days I'm going to be sharing a solar system art project my kiddos have also been working on. I'm so excited to share!!!!
      :0) Melissa

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    Courtney
    February 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I can't wait to use this today! woo hoo! Thanks

    missthirdgrade.com

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    Sue Cahalane
    April 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I love this! Thanks for the great freebie! I'm your newest follower:)

    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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    Kim
    October 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you for the FREEBIE! It is exactly what I was looking for!

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    Ana maestra ;)
    February 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you very much, I´ve just started the sun and earth unit with my second grade students and this is very useful. You´ve got a new follower now 😉

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    Maria Popescu
    May 9, 2015 at 5:21 am

    It is not free, but I thank you for the idea; I wish it were free…

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      Melissa Yalesias
      March 30, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Hi there, Maria! It is a free download… Just click on the link above so that you can download your free copy.
      :0) Melissa

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    Jessica Vermeulen
    June 9, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Perfect! Thanks

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    blog1
    January 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Tank you for this very beautiful idea ?. I take for my pupils Sorry I don't speak english!

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      Melissa Yalesias
      March 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      You are quite welcome! I hope your students enjoy this activity.

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      Melissa Yalesias
      March 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      You are quite welcome! I hope your students enjoy this activity.

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    Cindy
    February 16, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Brilliant idea to explain lots of concepts

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      Melissa Yalesias
      March 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Cindy, you are absolutely right! This illustration can be used to explain so many concepts to your students. I love how it's very visual so it allows students to "see" such an abstract concept.

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    CR
    August 4, 2016 at 12:37 am

    You said the children believe the sun orbits around the sun. Can you correct that to say "earth". Thank you. Great idea! You must be a fun teacher!

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    Maria
    October 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I love your cut out earth moon and sun, I used this when I was teaching in the UK but now I teach in the US and don’t have a copy of it! Do you have a freebee copy or know where I can get a copy of this please?!

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      Melissa
      October 24, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Hi there, Maria… Oh wow you’ve made quite the move there from the UK on over to the US! I’m so glad to hear that you found my activity helpful. If you click here you’ll be taken to my TpT store where you can download this resource for free. Let me know if you have any issues!

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