This Outer Space unit was out of this world!
Many thanks to:
Jolanthe for her Astronaut Preschool Pack
Carisa for her Solar System Learning Pack
and the Space Pack from Musings of Me
I divided the two-week unit in the following way:
Monday – Tuesday: Take Off! Rockets and Astronauts
Wednesday: First Stop: The Moon
Thursday: The Moon
Friday: The Sun
Monday – Tuesday: Stars and Constellations
Wednesday – Friday: The Planets
We enjoyed several of NASA’s Our World video clips.
(Vivienne recommends the clip about the astronauts having to exercise in order to prevent muscle atrophy.)
We also enjoyed The Magic School Bus: The Secrets of Space project pack and read The Magic School Bus Chapter Book: Space Explorers.
You’ll find most (if not all) of these ideas and printables inside of those links.
We sang “Five Little Astronauts” every morning.
The girls loved poking the astronauts into the Styrofoam moon…. for two weeks… it never grew old!
Spaceship USA (made out of an orange juice bottle!)
Oreo Cookie Phases of the Moon
How Big is the Sun? 1 dot = 1 earth
109 dots later…
Conclusion: The Sun is very, very big. We are very, very small.
The girls enjoyed making random constellations and creating myths to explain the shape. (We spent hours with our library books that explained the stories behind the stars. Vivienne, especially, found these fascinating. What a delight to walk out on the front porch at night and find those stories above our heads.)
Of course, the unit wouldn’t be complete without a super-fun sensory tub!