Wednesday, October 6, 2010
1) Planet Earth- from the inside out- rocks and minerals, continents, basic geography, etc. Very basic overview. We reviewed our volcano study from earlier this summer, too.
2) The planets and our solar system- names of the planets, the name origin, how planets orbit and spin, etc, time and weight, gravity, etc.
3) Stars and other bodies- primary focus on constellations and space exploration.
NASA is an amazing resource online, but not the only one, that shows actual video and interactive activities about space exploration and our solar system. A simple google search yields many great sites for kids.
Of course, we read lots of books at our house. So here are three of my favorite storytelling books, one for each day above, about space. Every subject in school deserves good stories!
1. Whole World This is a Barefoot Books rendition of the old classic song. The focus here is on stewardship and also on the various environments of our planet. The song is catchy, of course, and the illustrations quirky and fun. It opens the door to all sorts of discussion about what our planet is all about and how we can practice planetary stewardship. There is also a workbook to accompany the book, but it's a little advanced for my darling student.
2. Star Seeker is a Barefoot Books title that truly is a journey- beautiful illustrations of the planets and a lyrical story that keeps the imagination going long after the book has ended. The end notes have tons of scientific data about our solar system and beyond, successfully linking story to science. Hooray!
3. Zoo in the Sky is a great book about the constellations. My daughter used this book to develop her own constellation pictures, which is actually quite easy for a four-year-old since they can be fairly abstract. Again, lots of info at the back to blend science and story. This book has great illustrations showing actual star placement within the constellations.