Here comes the fun part . . . next we squish it!
One of my favorite things to do during "Solar System" week is to assign each child a planet name. This year I have 10 children in my classroom, so everyone got a planet name and we even had earth's moon! The entire week we called everyone by their planet name. I added new facts each day and by the end of the week my entire class could not only locate their planet on the diagram, but most could locate and name the entire solar system!
Since the big rocket was staring at us all week, we decided to "fly to the moon!". I found this amazing astronaut over at Crayola and I knew he/she would be perfect. I tweaked him just a little by cutting him out, adding details to the flag and removing his face (we will add ours later!). Then we started painting!
I was amazed at how insistent my class was about painting the American flag "the right way". Everyone wanted the little square to be blue and it had to have stripes on it! Needless to say, I was proud! I told everyone that they could do any planet they wanted. I guess they really WERE listening in circle time because each and everyone of them knew that men had already been to the moon, so off the moon we went. We made our moon by doing a good old fashion sand paper rubbing.
Finally, it was time to put it all together. We added our rocket ship (with hand print flames), some stars and WOW!
I hope the parents loved it as much as I did!
Our Fabulous Fun Friday was SO EXCITING! First, we are lucky enough to have an amazing Dad who is a landscaper. I put out an S.O.S. for some rocks and he came through BIG time. They were perfect for our moon rocks! Everyone used silver paint to stick on some black and white tissue paper.
After they dried we added a little silver glitter glue and . . . .
instant moon rocks! SWEET!
To me the most exciting part of the week happened when we headed to the kitchen on Friday. First we made a rocket cookie for our snack.
Next, we made our very own "moon sand"! The recipe is very simple -
4 cups of sand
2 cups of corn starch
1 cup of water
Mix together and have fun!
AND BOY DID WE HAVE FUN!
Before we knew it we had been in our kitchen area for over an hour! We even sent everyone home with their very own bag of "moon sand".
Our "Solar System" week was only four days because of the "Martin Luther King" holiday on Monday. We voted and decided that we needed ONE MORE DAY, so on Monday of the following week we savored the last sweet day of our solar system with the most amazing project, a name rocket. First everyone wrote the letters of their names on little squares of paper. Next, we lined them up in the shape of a rocket, added some stars and more flames AND . . . . . .
another WOW project! And, before you ask, YES! the children wrote their names BY THEMSELVES! I AM SO PROUD!
It was great week. I hope you visit us again. Next week we will be talking about the circus!
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