Our project for this term entailed learning about the Solar System and discovering whether there is ‘life on other planets’. It involved learning about the planets, sun and moon. It took the form of making a book followed by making a model of a Solar System.This was sparked by a question asked by the students: “Ms Sophia, are there people on the moon and other planets?
Part 1 – The Book – The Solar Sytem
Literacy : Vocabulary, writing names of planets for book
Math : Patterns, Size, Shape
Learning : Characteristics of planets
– size and shape
– similarities and differences
Part 2 – The model of The Solar System
In this project on building their own solar system, children got to work some of those gross motor, comparative and numeracy skills as they built, cut, mold and painted/colored the planets of various sizes and colors in our solar system. Students would discover the position and relationship of objects in space, display their understanding of why there is no life on other planets and their responsibility to take care of the earth.
As part of their experience, students were asked to do a video of their product thereby incorporating their skills with technology. This would be their presentation of their product.
Added learning – Learning a song -“Earth we’re in it together”
Instill in students an awareness of their responsibility for the care of their environment and that they can play a role in the care of the Earth.
1. Which planet do you live on?
2. Do people live on other planets?
3. What is different and special about the Earth from other planets?
4. What can you do to take care of the Earth?
“What can you do to take care of the Earth?”
Demi and Sisi
Q&A and Discussion about Earth
Water – Liquid to Solid
Fake snow – Snowman – Winter
Chocolate soup – Winter
Falling leaves – Autumn – Math activity
Caterpillar – Spring
“How the Earth will feel.”
Online lesson Activity – Draw a healthy Earth (Student choice)
I was very impressed with how Demi interpreted, illustrated and explained her understanding of the instruction. Well done, Demi!!
I was so excited when I saw you having so much fun teaching your little baby sister 🙂
Phases of the moon
I like the way you personalize your drawings. You drew the phases with with so much detail. Well done, Sisi!!
You showed great understanding with the differences in the weather and explained it without leaving out the details. Well done!!
I love the way you took a simple activity and made it your own. You created your own colors and included your family in your artwork. Keep up the good work!!
“I want to be an Astronaut”
Victor, you reminded me of the importance of the content of lessons and why I became a teacher – ‘to make a difference in a child’s life’- that there is no limit to what we can achieve… Dreams can become reality if we work toward it..Go Go Go!!