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
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.
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?
What is a Our Place in Outer Space – Activity 1:
What is a Galaxy Splatter Paint Mixed Media
- 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- Our knowledge of science changes so quickly, don’t be too hard on authors who are just a tad out of date.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
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.
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!
Join us next week as we research and add Planets to our Galaxy.
FREE printables: The Sun FREE online book for kids
FREE printables: It Looked Like a Triangle FREE online books for kids
We’re GIVING AWAY one hard cover copy of Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars by Douglas Florian
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