Project Nine Make the solar system come alive! 1 GRADE LEVEL Curriculum/State Standard added a writing component to this I B4: arrange objects in sequential project that tied everything together. order (planets) I A1: use senses to observe Objectives characteristics • The students will be able to name II C1: investigate, identify, describe the planets in order through the use and understand basic of a song. relationships between sun, • The students will be able to moon, and Earth identify characteristics of parts of the solar system: planets, the Overview moon, the sun, asteroids, stars, and The children were introduced to constellations. the solar system through the use of • The students will make models of library books about the planets, sun, constellations. moon, stars, and constellations. They • The students will make a model of made a solar system booklet to write the solar system. about the solar system components • The students will construct a and then put together a solar system booklet of the different aspects of with refrigerator boxes. They also the solar system. had a take home packet to look for constellations with their parents as Materials well as made constellations with I originally started with needing toothpicks and marshmallows. This two refrigerator boxes, three small project (making a solar system out containers of glow in the dark of refrigerator boxes, Styrofoam paint, one to two cans of purple balls, and glow in the dark stars) spray paint, a container of Krylon made the solar system come alive glow in the dark paint, and nine for my students and put the planets to ten Styrofoam balls of different in a visual 3D order which really sizes per class (I was doing this helped them remember size, color, for four classes). I was kind of the temperature, and order from the sun. experimental class and I tried out the Learning the planet song helped glow in the dark paint as well as the them cement in their minds the spray paint and they did not work order of the planets and making as I liked so I ended up purchasing constellations out of toothpicks purple house paint and paste on glow and marshmallows gave children a in the dark stars for my class instead. 1 visual representation of groups of I had already bought the supplies for stars. Sending home a take home the other three teachers but two did kit for parents to have them look for not do the activity anyway. I would constellations in the sky encouraged personally suggest that students MONTH $100 parents to get involved in their children’s science learning. Having Continued on the back . . . children make a solar system booklet TOTAL BUDGET THIS WINNING PROJECT IDEA WAS SUBMITTED BY: Wendy Searles Pleasant View Primary TM 340 West Mill Street, Gray Court, SC 29645 “Project Nine” project continued . . . not use the glow in the dark paint Solar System). Sing the planet song. Culminating Activity because it did not produce a strong Have children paint Styrofoam We painted the constellations on glow and got pretty messy and balls with glow in the dark colored the solar system, and I also had drippy (the children enjoyed it but paint. The big ball is Jupiter, the children paint space scenes on the the end result did not look very next size down is Saturn, Neptune outside of the box. We hung the good). I let them paint the outside and Uranus are the medium-sized planets in order and closed the door of the solar system with regular balls, Earth and Venus are the next on it (a few children were in at a paint and added white paint and size, Mars is the next size, and time) to see the glow in the dark plastic glow in the dark stars to the Pluto and Mercury are the smallest constellations and planets. The inside and it looked a lot better. (probably Pluto should be a little paint did not work well so I bought smaller). You can cut a very small some plastic glow-in the dark stars, Readiness Activity one for the moon if you want.). too. I think the solar system booklet helped tie all the aspects of the Week 2: You will probably want Evaluation project together and also produced to paint the refrigerator boxes with They took a pencil/paper test on a writing component. The painting purple, black, or blue house paint which they had to put the planets in of the solar system was pretty ahead of time. Review planets and order and also sing the Planet Song. age-appropriate but they had sun/introduce moon and tell about Their solar system book was also some difficulty replicating the the phases. Do some more of the evaluated as a writing component. constellations exactly (plus the solar system book. Introduce stars paint was drippy). Making the and constellations. You can make constellations with toothpicks the constellations with toothpicks and marshmallows was very and marshmallows. Send home the age-appropriate since I made the constellation take-home kit. Give constellations ahead and they just each child a copy of a constellation had to put together the components and have him paint it on the to glue on the drawing. The song refrigerator box. (The glow-in-the- and the reading feature all four first dark paint didn’t work well so I grades did with Magic School Bus: went back over it with white paint Lost in the Solar System whetted and also some plastic glow-in-the- their appetite to learn more about dark stars). the planets. Week 3: Review. Hang planets in Strategies/Activities order with fishing line and paper To kick off learning about the clips and have the kids tell you solar system, we did a reading what order to put them in. Sing feature with all four first grades the planet song. Have students put with Magic School Bus: Lost in the planets in order on sheet. Complete Solar System as the featured book. solar system book. Assess with The children made spaceships out pencil/paper test as well as of plastic Icee tops and posterboard performance by having them sing circles. the song. Week 1: Introduce children to the sun. Do the sun page in the solar system book. Introduce the planet song (I found this by going on the Internet. There are a number of them). Introduce children to the planets a few at a time (I took out books from the library. A good one is Magic School Bus: Lost in the
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