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Friday, May 6, 2011

The Solar System

Outside

I drew the sun and then all of the planets in order with our Easter Egg Chalk. I helped each child jump form planet to planet while shouting out their names. They are all waiting on the Sun in the background.

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We did an experiment to help the kids understand why the stars look so small and the Sun doesn’t. We took balls that were the about the same size and then kept one close to us and had the other ones far away (can you see them back there). I asked which ball LOOKED the smallest? But is it the smallest? No, it just looks that way from far away. Just like the Sun and the stars.Smile

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Paper Mache Planets

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Ooops! How did this adorable picture of Ally get in here! Tee Hee, she was playing with a trickling hoseSmile

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After we talked about constellations we used push pins to poke holes in black paper….

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To look like stars when taped up on the windows.

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This has nothing to do with the solar system but we got a package(new car stereo) with these peanuts that dissolve so we used paintbrushes with water to make them stick.

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Drake made a starSmile

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Free School Room Time

Space flash cards to explore

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Planets made from dollar store Styrofoam balls, paint and magnets. They lined them up some days….

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and I drew orbits another day.

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Solar System on Clearance at Wal-MartSmile

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Matching and exploring “Moon Rocks”

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Spooning “Planets”

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Solar System floor puzzle

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As always there was a lot of free Art happening and the new art caddy my sister snagged at a yard sale was a hit too!

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3 comments:

  1. totally using magnetic planet idea, thanks!

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  2. Love all of these hands on activities, love the jumping onto the chalk planets. Thank you for posting. Adding these ideas to my Astronomy unit lesson plans right now! ~Julie

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  3. Great post.nice pic. tag.Excellent idea..!

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