Tuesday, February 14, 2017

First Grade Talks About Stars!

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about stars! We looked at the Sun as a star, then talked about constellations. We started the week off with our Sun BrainPOP on Monday.

Tuesday, we talked about how the sun makes it's own light and how we can see shadows depending on where the sun is in the sky. The kids made paper plate sun dials to take home and see the different times of the day by looking at the shadows the sun makes a the Earth spins around!

Once they finished their sun dials, I poked a hole in the middle for them so they could put their popsicle sticks in the middle (but we put those in their class baggies so they didn't lose or break them). We used flashlights to show how the shadow from the popsicle stick would change directions and look like it was moving, just like the sun would!

Wednesday was the 100th day of school, so we skipped our star study and had a 100th day of school engineering day! Thursday, we were right back at our science work. We talked about constellations and how they are pictures that the stars make when you connect them. I pulled up our sky apps so we could see the different objects in the sky and find some constellations.

The kids paired up and walked around the room viewing the different objects in the sky and trying to find constellations and the pictures they made!

**Some of the pictures might be hard to see. We were walking around in a dark room so that our constellations would be easier to see and so it would feel like nighttime!

They found Pisces!


The Sun


Friday, the kids made their own constellations. They each got a half sheet of black construction paper and 9 silver star stickers. They placed their stars where they wanted on their black paper, then connected their stars with a white crayon to show what their constellation was! They named their own constellations, too. There are some VERY creative kids in this building!

I LOVE teaching the kids about constellations! We could have looked at them with our apps for the entire week if we had time!