The Solar System for Kids: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

February 17, 2014

The Solar System for kids Mixed Media Project from waddleeahchaa.com

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

Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars another great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

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!

The Solar System for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

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

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from waddleeahchaa.com

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

The Solar System for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

 Supplies:

The Solar System for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

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.

The Solar System for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

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.

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from waddleeahchaa.com

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.

The Solar System for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Mixed Media Solar System, Miss Enigma, age 7

The Solar System for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Mixed Media Solar System, MacGyver, age 10

 

The Solar System FREE printables from waddleeahchaa.com

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.

The Sun FREE printables from waddleeahchaa.com

FREE printables: The Sun FREE online books for kids

It Looked Like a Triangle FREE printables from waddleeahchaa.com

Free printables: It Looked Like a Triangle FREE online books for kids.

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

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.)

The Rules:

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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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen @ TeachingStars February 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Oh heck ya! I would totally want to go into space!

Robin February 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

No! Although it seems very exciting, I do not like small spaces for long periods of time.

HilLesha February 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Traveling to space is something that never appealed to me, but I’m in awe of it, nonetheless. :)

Jeannine February 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

My parents took me to NASA when I was 11. That did it, I wanted to be an astronaut. Traveling into space was truly awe inspiring. But you know Robin, I can barely endure the 24+ hour plane trip to Cambodia. I’m not sure I would make it in outer space.

Kristan Price February 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I’ve learned to focus my attention one what interests my children instead of what the books say they should be learning. Somewhere along the line they pick up everything in between but end up learning so much more than I expected! And of course we would travel in space if we ever got the chance!!

Tiffany February 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm

No way! If I get time away, I will be going somewhere where the food and accomodations are better.

Natalie @AfterschoolForSmartyPants February 19, 2014 at 9:14 am

This is a terrific project! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

Jeannine February 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Tiffany, I know some great beach getaways if that is more your style.

maryanne @ mama smiles February 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Honestly, I have no interest in visiting space. Mike wants to, though, and so does Emma!

I love this lesson. Pinning :)

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