Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: On Earth by G. Brian Karas
- 10 Activities and Lessons to Teach Day & Night and Orbit of the Earth
- FREE printables: books online for kids
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: On Earth by G. Brian 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
Last week, we turned our attention to Earth The Blue Planet with our collage art project. This week we’re continuing to build upon our Geography Lesson 2 Series. This week we take a look at why we have day and night on earth.
10 Activities for Teaching Night & Day
- Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley: This activity uses an orange, pencil and flashlight to show night and day. You can also add the equator and both Northern and Southern hemispheres to demonstrate why we have seasons.
- Use a flashlight and globe to demonstrate the sun, rotation of the earth and yearly orbit of the earth. I wrote the months of the year on index cards, placed them on the floor around the sun and Miss Enigma recited each month as she walked the globe around the sun.
- Easy outside activity with chalk for making a Human Sundial from Scholastic Teachers .
- Teaching Constellations and link to FREE printable constellation cards from Teach Beside Me.
- Phases of the Moon, Constellations and Solar System Unit from Mrs. Schmelzer’s.
- Phases of the Moon and Astronomy Unit from The Homeschool Den
- Sun and Moon Activities from Loving and Learning in 2nd and 3rd.
- Shadow Prints in the Sun from Toddler Approved.
- Night and Day: Genesis 1:3-5 from Raising Little Disciples.
- Creative Oreo Display Phases of the Moon
I couldn’t find the original source for this Oreo Phases of the Moon Display posted on pinterest. But I know kids love when you use food during learning activities!
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We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of On Earth by G. Brian Karas
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We had to endure another time change this past weekend. Did you spring forward? Do you like Day Light Savings Time or Standard Time? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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