Week at a Glance
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: On Earth by G. Brain Karas
- Geography for Kids Lesson 2: What is Our Place in Outer Space
- Geography Lesson 2 – Activity 3
- Earth The Blue Planet Collage
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: On Earth by G. Brain Karas
Why we love this book:
We are continuing our Geography Lesson 2 Series. Our last two Geography Activities helped us find Our Place in Outer Space. Now that we are familiar with The Universe, The Milky Way and The Solar System it’s time to turn our attention to our planet earth. G. Brain Karas illustrates planet earth constantly in motion, rotating and revolving, spinning and circling, gliding and tilting.
The paintings and simple narrative demonstrate for children abstract science concepts such as night and day, years, hemispheres, seasons and gravity. “At night we turn away from the sun and see a universe of stars and planets while we dream of what we can do tomorrow.” The last page includes a glossary defining basic earth terms:
- Rotate and Axis
- Revolve and Orbit
- North Pole and South Pole
Geography for Kids – Lesson 2:
What is Our Place in Outer Space?
What is a Our Place in Outer Space – Activity 3:
Earth The Blue Planet Collage
“Earth is nicknamed the Blue Planet because 70 percent of it is covered in water.” Studying Our Earth Inside and Out by Kimberly M. Hutmacher
- Books about the Planet Earth
- black construction paper
- white card stock
- nature magazines
Step 1: Trace a Large Circle
- concept – earth is a sphere
Step 2: Cut out Circle
Step 3: Draw a Rough Sketch of the Land and Water on the Earth
- We looked at photos of the earth in books and on the internet.
- Since we live in The United States, we drew the view of North and South America
Step 4: Collage Land and Water of the Earth
- We studied photos of the earth, noting the water and land.
- We also studied the colors of the land.
- Deep green colors showed us the rainforests and shades of yellow and tan showed us plains and deserts.
- The children tried to use these colors in their collage. You can see the Amazon in the collage above.
- We used nature magazines because they represent things found on earth. It’s like a collage representation of all living things on earth. The kiddos simple tore magazine pictures into small pieces.
- The children could easily see how they needed more blue pieces to represent “The Blue Planet.”
Earth The Blue Planet Collage, Miss Enigma, age 7
Miss Enigma did an excellent sketch of North America and South America. She started out strong with her collage; however, it was a bit tedious for her to glue each and every piece into a tight collage. I added a few labels making it easier for you to decipher her water and land forms.
Miss Enigma looooooves dogs. I really like how she used dog fur to represent the west coast of the United States. You can see the two puppy dog eyes looking at you. This collage is definitely Miss Enigma’s world!
Earth The Blue Planet Collage, MacGyver, age 10
Ah, The Blue Planet interpreted by MacGyver through collage art. His artwork certainly illustrates that we live on a blue planet.
Here at waddlee-ah-chaa, I rarely separate activities by grade levels. I have found that open-ended activities that focus on big concepts can often be stretched to fit quite a variety of ages. Children are not born into neat, strict-age-appropriate, little packages. My goal is to inspire them to grow and learn but to never cram them into one box.
Don’t ask me how those deep thoughts from Jeannine fit in with a lesson on The Blue Planet, but hey it happens!
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of On Earth by G. Brain Karas
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Our book GIVEAWAY, On Earth, has us dreaming of what we can do tomorrow. So what are your dreams of what you can do tomorrow? Fold the laundry, plant a garden, plan a trip to Cambodia . . . (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, March 16, 2014
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, March 17, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
May the Luck of the Irish be with You!
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