Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian
- Geography for Kids Lesson 2: What is Our Place in Outer Space?
- Activity Concepts
- The Milky Way
- Our Solar System
- Our Place in the Solar System
- The Planets
- Geography Lesson 2 – Activity 2
- Mixed Media Solar System Project
- FREE printables
- Solar System Template
- The Sun FREE online book
- It Looked Like a Triangle FREE online book
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY (another chance to win this week)
Why we love this book:
Last week, I introduced Part One of our Geography Lesson 2 series 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 Project. This one seriously cool book!
Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars begins with Poetry about the Universe and Galaxies. Then it moves onto the solar system, the sun and each of the planets. It also includes comets, constellations and black holes. The end of the book features a galactic glossary with a definition for each of the Outer Space concepts highlighted in the book. This book is artsy and full of facts at the same time . . . my favorite!
Of course poetry writing is a natural extension to this book. We simply ran out of time and space in our day.
Geography for Kids – Lesson 2:
What is Our Place in Outer Space
Last week, Geography Lesson 2 – Activity 1 focused on the concept of The Universe, Galaxies and The Milky Way. In Activity 1 the kids began working on their Mixed Media Solar System Project by splatter painting The Milky Way. This week continues with The Solar System, the sun and the planets.
What is a Our Place in Outer Space – Activity 2:
The Solar System Mixed Media Project
- Books, Books, Books
- A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
- Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian
- For the Galaxy
- For the Solar System
- Solar System Template
- tissue paper, water color paints, paint brushes, soft pastels, oil pastels, markers, color pencils, scissors, glue
Step One: Research The Solar System, Sun and Planets
- We read, page-by-page, books like Scholastic Reader Level 2: Solar System by Gregory Vogt. This simple fact book has great photos and information about the sun and each of the planets.
- After reading several books about the sun the children decided tissue paper would work well to represent the surface and temperature of the sun. They made it bumpy with “flames”. Miss Enigma even added gold glitter glue. After all it is mixed-media art.
Step 2: Mixed Media Planets
- As we read descriptions about each planet the kiddos decided what type of medium they would use to represent each planet.
Step 3: Cut Out and Glue Planets onto Splatter Paint Galaxy
- We made our splatter paint galaxies last week.
- It took a bit of imagination and manipulation but the kids arranged all of the planets on their splatter paint galaxies.
Mixed Media Solar System, Miss Enigma, age 7
Mixed Media Solar System, MacGyver, age 10
FREE printables: The Solar System Template
- If you are a stickler for exact scale, sorry this template is not for you.
- I used books as a reference as to the approximate size of the planets.
- The planets are not arranged in order on the template.
- They are intended to be cut out and arranged.
FREE printables: The Sun FREE online books 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
To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.
Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
If you could, would you take a trip into outer space? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, February 23, 2014
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, February 24, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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