Monday, February 24, 2014

The Solar System!

After we looked at day and night, the moon and constellations, we looked at each of the planets! We spent one day a week on each planet in the solar system. Each of the kids got a book with each planet in it that had fill-in-the-blank sentences. We looked at a PowerPoint with four facts on it, then read the sentences on the page and figured out what word went in each blank. After filling in the blanks, we listened to that planet's song from Gustav Holst while drawing the planet. 

After we were finished talking about each of the planets, the kids got in groups and colored planets. They raced to put them in order and see which group could order them the quickest.

After arranging their planets, we took them outside and made a scale model of what the solar system would look like if it were on our playground.

Our sun started down here and our planets went aaaaaaall the way down to the other end of the school!

Our inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.

Our outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

After running past the dirt spot "Watch out for the black hole!" We didn't want to get sucked in!

We almost got pelted with asteroids in the asteroid belt too! You have to be careful out there in space!