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Monday, September 26, 2011

M-m-moon!

We finished our M-m-moon unit today. We had a lot of fun with this one! I did get one "Not ANOTHER moon book!?" from Miss K (and we didn't even get to read all the books in our book basket!). We got a little ahead of ourselves and went apple picking. Lots of pictures this week!
Playing Memory with the ABC Game Cards
(I really wish I had laminated these!)
Miss K working on the letter "M"
in the Cuisinaire Rods Alphabet Book
Exploring moon phases with Newman-O's
(They had to name the moon phase before eating it)

We decided to map out the distance between the Earth, moon and sun. Fortunately we got a long enough break from the rain to do this! We made a 4'4" sun out of construction paper, a 1/2" earth, and a 1/8" moon. We placed the earth and moon 14" apart and then took the project to the street. I think I may have gotten more out of this project than Miss K did; it was really interesting to contemplate the sizes and distances involved. We took our earth and moon up the road and measured out 461 feet. This was not really an exact science, but by the time we got to the sun's location, we had gotten pretty good at working together to measure out the 20 foot increments.
Our sun, earth and moon

Starting point!

...and 461 feet later...
The girls' favorite discovery was that the sun made a good kite....

"The earth and moon go around the sun, around the sun, around the sun!"

I later asked Miss K what she thought about the project and how it made her feel. She told me that when we are on the earth she feels big, but when we are in outer space, she feels very tiny.
We read a couple books about space travel (Floating in Space (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) and Man on the Moon). Miss K, of course, wanted to know when we could go to outer space. David made some "space suits" for the girls out of an extra sleeping pad. They had a great time playing "Outer Space Penguins to the Moon"...
We learned about the moons of the other planets in our solar system and put some glow-in-the-dark planets up on our bedroom wall:
Doing this reminded me of the hospital scene in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium where the nurse asks Eric what he is doing standing on the chair, and Eric replies, "I am making sure he has enough space!" (Great movie, by the way, for anyone who hasn't seen it!)

For book day we read Happy Birthday, Moon and then painted a scene from the book. Here is Miss K working on hers:
Work in progress!
And her finished masterpiece! I really like how it turned out!
Miss K's finished painting
I couldn't resist.. I made one, too:
Mommy's masterpiece
And finally, we explored how the craters on the moon are formed:



It would have been nice to use plaster for this, but we just used flour. 


M-m-moon reading list:

Man on the Moon by Anastasio Suen
Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
Mooncake by Frank Asch
Sun, Moon, and Stars by Mary Hoffman & Jane Ray
I See Myself by Vicki Cobb (discussion about how light reflects & simple experiments)

Moons by Anne Weisbacher

and of course... 
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

By the way, Goodnight Moon Story Adventures is a cute addition to this unit. I downloaded it from Currclick for $0.50. It includes study on the letter M and number 2 (and the concept of pairs), dictation, copywork, narration and nature study.  

2 comments:

  1. Wow what a fun week! I love your creativity. Using flour to make moon craters was great and the cookie project showing the phases of the moon looked so fun! Thank you for sharing:-)

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