Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Sun and Constellations ... Starring Kindergarten!

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!

When they were finished, I poked a hole in the middle of their paper plate and they put their popsicle stick in the center. 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!

Friday, we had a science art day. The kids made their own constellations by putting stickers on a night sky paper and connecting them with markers or crayons.

They each got however many colored star stickers they needed, made their constellations and colored the rest of the picture once they showed me they were finished.

We had a fun week learning about the Sun, stars, and constellations.