What have we been up to…

… it’s more like what have we NOT been up to! We just concluded our unit on Space and the Solar System and I must say it feels like we have done it all! And the best part is that the kiddos and I have enjoyed EVERY SINGLE minute… no kidding! Slide1 We kicked off our unit by learning all about the Sun, Earth, and the moon. We even created these adorable models which you can grab for free simply by clicking here. We then used a paperclip to attach them to our science notebooks where the students wrote a short explanation about how the Earth orbits the Sun and the moon orbits the Earth. Slide2 As part of our study of the moon, we learned all about the different phases of the moon. We even enjoyed creating the different phases using DELICIOUS OREO cookies. (Truth be told, I don’t like Oreos! As a matter of fact I think they’re disgusting… but shhhh my kiddos don’t know I feel that way.) This activity was great for also showing kids the difference between “waxing” and “waning” moons. By starting with the new moon phase and traveling to the left the students began noticing how the lit portion of the moon was increasing or “waxing”. As they continued around the Earth they began noticing that after the full moon phase the lit portion of the moon began getting smaller or “waning”. BINGO!!!! They finally “saw” it. Slide9 We looked through a phases of the moon box I created to actually see the different phases. (These activities are all part of my Space Unit which you can find here.) The box has 8 separate holes around it where you can peak inside and see the moon, which is suspended from a string. The blue flashlight represents the Sun. So as you open each flap (where the yellow stars are) you can see how the moon changes. This was really neat!!! Take a look… Slide10 Slide13 Then we began our in depth study of each of the planets in the Solarmercury-elaine-landau-book-cover-art System. We watched Discovery Education videos, read numerous books, (I must say my students loved the True Books series on the planets by Elaine Landau), we made  Solar System mini books where we recorded many of the facts we learned.   Slide12 We also created our very own mini solar system using 9 DIFFERENT ART TECHNIQUES! This craft-ivity was a HUGE HIT! I cannot stress that enough. We painted with feathers, with marbles, with shaving cream, with plastic wrap… and so much more! Here’s a peak at our project. Slide6 This is a picture of the first half of our solar system. The Sun was made with torn tissue paper and a paper plate, Mercury was created using embossing techniques, Venus was made with feathers, Earth was water colored, and for mars we used glitter. Slide7 Jupiter was made with marbles, Saturn with plastic wrap, Uranus with coffee filters, and our favorite Neptune was made using SHAVING CREAM. Yes you read that right, we painted with shaving cream.  Slide3 These are the materials we used to create Neptune. Slide4 Doesn’t Neptune look AMAZING… and to think we made it using shaving cream. All we had left to do was to add the ring using aluminum foil. Who ever knew you could make such beautiful designs using shaving cream. I loved that fresh clean smell it also left in the classroom when we were done. :0) Slide5 This is how Jupiter turned out after we painted with marbles. Did you notice the Great Red Spot. After reading about Jupiter’s spot the kiddos felt we just HAD to add it. I must admit it, I loved hearing them talking to each other and sharing what they had learned while completing this project. I sure was one proud teacher!Slide11  I can’t forget about the student simulations we conducted throughout our unit. This is how we recreated a Solar Eclipse. There’s nothing like recreating abstract science concepts to help you truly understand what you just read. Especially, if your science book is like ours where everything just seems to go over the kids heads. That’s why I love bringing in visual aids or create simulations whenever I can. It makes learning so much more concrete. Don’t you think so? So what have you been working on in your classroom lately? I’d love to hear from you! XOXO, Melissa Signature

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    Eclectic Educating
    March 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

    This seems like a fantastic unit! I love how hands -on the lessons are. I am sure your kids loved it and learned a lot. It also makes me want to study the phases of the moon and eat some oreos! 🙂

    Eclectic Educating

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    March 6, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I just found your blog from Pinterest and I'm a new follower. I'm loving all of your ideas and pictures!

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

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    June 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    cool, very interesting. Sometime i will do my best to make these things. Here is a guide about the babarian dps http://www.salediablo3.com/news/index-100-Diablo-3-Guide-How-to-Maximize-Barbarian-DPS on salediablo3

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