Geography – What is Our Place in Outer Space: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

February 11, 2014

Geography for Kids Lesson 2 - What is our Place in Outer Space? from

Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars by Douglas Florian
  • Geography Lesson 2: What is Our Place in Outer Space?
  • Activity Concepts
    • What is our Place in the Universe?
    • What is a Galaxy?
    • What is the Milky Way?
  • Geography Lesson 2 – Activity 1
    • Splatter Paint Galaxy Mixed Media Art

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from

Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars by Douglas Florian

Why we love this book:

What is our place in outer space? That is one big abstract concept for children! It is even hard for me to wrap my brain around the concept of an infinite universe. (Or maybe that’s just me.) Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars takes a unique approach to Outer Space through Space Poems and Mixed Media Paintings. I have to admit I fell totally head over heals in love with with the unique illustrations. The space paintings served as our inspiration for our Splatter Paint Galaxy and Mixed Media Solar System.

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from

Once again, I realize I shouldn’t admit all the things I am learning homeschooling my own children. Before our Geography for Kids homeschool study on Galaxies, I didn’t know there are billions, yes billions, of Galaxies. I also learned that there are Galaxies of many different shapes. Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars begins with Poetry about the Universe and Galaxies. I like how the painting for Galaxies illustrates so many different shapes.

Next week, we’ll continue with the Solar System and the Planets. All of which are included in Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars.

Geography for Kids – Lesson 2:

What is Our Place in Outer Space?

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from

What is a Our Place in Outer Space – Activity 1:

What is a Galaxy Splatter Paint Mixed Media

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from


  • Books, Books, Books
    • A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
    • Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian
    • Galaxies, Galaxies by Gail Gibbons
    • Our knowledge of science changes so quickly, don’t be too hard on authors who are just a tad out of date.
  • black construction paper
  • acrylic paint (yellows, golds, silvers, blues, red, metallics)
  • paint brushes

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from

Step 1: Research What is a Galaxy?

  • The Universe – includes all of existence: galaxies, solar systems, planets, stars, moons, everything!
  • A Galaxy – contains varying numbers of planets, star systems, star clusters, types of interstellar clouds, dust and gases.
  • A Galaxy - has billions of stars.
  • Galaxy Shapes - are spiral, elliptical, irregular, flattened, egg shaped, barred, barred spiral, ball shaped
  • Our Galaxy is the Milky Way.
  • Stars are red, yellow, white and blue.

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from

Steps: Splatter Paint Galaxy

  • Stand back, these steps are tricky!
  • Use a paint brush to splatter paint on black construction paper.
  • Add more splatter!
  • Add more color!
  • Add more splatter!
  • I warned you it’s a TRICKY technique.
  • (preferably outdoors)

We read that our Galaxy, The Milky Way, has approximately 400 billion stars. We attempted to splatter 400 billion stars with a little dust and gas mixed in!

The Solar System Mixed Media from

Join us next week as we research and add Planets to our Galaxy.

The Sun FREE printables

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Comets, Stars, the Moom and Mars another great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from

We’re GIVING AWAY one hard cover copy of Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars by Douglas Florian

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

elizabeth708 February 12, 2014 at 2:29 am

Awesome topic. I can’t wait to take my celestial navigation courses so I can sail by the stars and the sun. Maybe that will lend some insight into ” What is our place in outer space”. :)

Julie (thegirlwhopaintedtrees) February 12, 2014 at 5:51 am

You know, I didn’t know about there being other galaxies either. Certainly not billions of them. I discovered it when we did our space unit last year.

Jeannine February 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

Julie, isn’t fun learning along side your children? I’m glad I’m not the only one learning new facts!

Erica @ What Do We Do All Day? February 12, 2014 at 8:14 am

Wow, I really love the paintings in this book! I like the splatter painting technique you did for your galaxies. That’s one thing we haven’t done yet. I’d have to take the supplies to the park. Even though I’m not afraid of making a mess at home, that’s one thing I don’t want to do in our small apartment! Maybe we will get a chance to try it this summer.

chris February 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

This looks like a great book.
Thanks for the printables.
I’ve learned make it fun and they will come back for more and more learning.

Jeannine February 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Yes, Chris learning is fun! It’s the key to life long learners.

Erica, we have done splatter paint at the dinning room table. I taught the kids the splatter paint technique years ago so they like to add it to their artwork. But it is messy. It’s just easier to take it outside and let it fly!

Candis February 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I am learning so much through Nature Study with my girls! We studies trees in the fall and now we are studying birds. I’m embarrassed to admit that I never really understood why leaves change color until this year!

Jeannine February 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Candis, It’s funny how much you learn when you become your child’s teacher! You’re researching and reading along and you say to yourself, “Oh that’s why that happens.”

tammy cordery February 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

this is such a good book to giveaway

Tiffany February 13, 2014 at 8:41 am

I’ve learned a good library saves tons of money. I also feel like I really understand math after using Math-U-See. I always got good grades in math in school, but I was just plugging numbers in where instructed to, not really knowing why. Now I get it!

Jeannine February 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Agree, Math-U-See is awesome! Teaches you how to manipulate and problem solve math rather that memorize facts and tricks.

Dianne February 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I have learned so much, I don’t think I can pick just one. I think I get more excited than my daughter does to learn new things.

Heather February 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm

My kids love reading and learning about space!

Rachel Cartucci February 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm

One thing I have learned as a home school mom is to whisper when I think my son isn’t listening and it will suddenly get his attention. HA! Also…my son learns best through music so we sing the things he has trouble remembering.

stephanie February 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Great book and great giveaway! Thanks for sharing at After School!

Jeannine February 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

Rachel I learned the whisper trick as a teacher. When I really wanted my students to listen I would whisper. It always worked. Much better than getting louder and louder! And so much kinder.

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