Hello 4-Day Families!
It has been a while since I last posted and I apologize for that. With the snow days and in-service I think this was our first full week of school in about a month. It was good to be back into a normal routine and the kids are just loving our space unit. They are really enjoying both the exploration and imagination that go along with it.
We began our space unit on March 14th and in that very short week we got started with some really fun free form art projects. The students finger painted on large sheets and then we cut out both circles and stars to finish off our new dramatic play Space Station. Students also experimented with bubble painting, where we mixed bubble mix with water color paints and then blew bubbles onto paper to form crater-like patterns. Next the children cut the circles out of this paper and glued them on to a black background. The contrast of colored circles and black background really gave the appearance of space.
Books from this short week:
There's No Place Like Space By: Tish Rabe
Mousetronaut By: Astronaut Mark Kelly
Okay so now from this week....
On Monday students finished up their cutting and gluing for their bubble painting and had a chance to add to their draw & write journals. After music with Miss Katie we watched a short youtube video on Nebulas. Here's the link so you can know as much as your children do about these really cool space phenomena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJVy9P3XSVE
Next, we sat down at the tables together and made jar nebulas. I'm sure you have all seen these by now. They were so fun to make but the most impressive part is that there really are a lot of steps to making theses calming creations and the students did amazingly well following directions and coming away with something really fun to take home. I was very proud of them.
Tuesday began with an intense puzzle building session. We put together a 100 piece space puzzle, as a class, in about 25 minutes! The kids didn't know it had 100 pieces until about half way through the project and then most of them were even more determined to finish it. After this we attempted to make a backdrop for our new solar system bulletin board. The results weren't so great but the students had fun spraying diluted fabric paint onto a large sheet of black felt. We also had a nice discussion about the seasons (because it was the first say of spring) in which we explored how our planet moves through space and how that movement creates our seasons.
On Wednesday we experimented with another painting technique to make some more planets which will become a part of our classroom planet book (hopefully). After looking through our planet cards and deciding which planet to make, some students put globs of paint on a circular piece of paper and then we covered it with plastic wrap. Then came the fun part...they got to use their hands to squish the paint around under the plastic wrap. This created not only a neat feeling but a product that really did look like many planets. We also worked together on Wednesday to make our constellation tubes. These are small pieces of paper with dots printed on them that students poked with pins to make it so that light could go through. When finished poking students taped these to a toilet paper tube and we went into the bathroom, where it was dark, shined a light through the tube and were amazed to be able to star gaze at school!
Thursday brought a much overdue hike for the 4-day class. I was so glad that they were able to get outside for a good portion of the morning. Before sending them off with Miss Courtney though we repainted our solar system backdrop and it looks amazing!
That's all for now....have a wonderful weekend!
Books from the week:
The Reason for Seasons By: Gail Gibbons
Mousetronaut goes to Mars By: Astronaut Mark Kelly
If you Decide to go to the Moon By: Faith McNulty