That's a wrap! Our study of astronomy (and subsequently Earth Science) is officially complete. Tessa is non too happy about it. She can't imagine an entire summer without science.
Talk about perfect timing. Our study of Earth Moon's culminated on the eve of the April 15, 2014 total lunar eclipse. We camped out on top of an open sleeping bag in front of the picture window in our schoolroom where we followed the progress of the eclipse. Tessa declared it "pretty cool."
Note: We ended up skipping Unit 7 (Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: Exploring Space, Grades 1-3 "The Earth's Movements Through Space Cause Day and Night and the Seasons") since we just studied the exact same information at the end of our study of Weather.
- Read What the Moon is Like by Franklyn M. Branley.
- Completed Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: Exploring Space, Grades 1-3 "The Earth Has One Satellite Called the Moon - How Are Moon Craters Made?" (page 52) and "What Is the Source of the Moon's Light?" (page 53).
- Watched Bill Nye the Science Guy: The Moon DVD by Disney.
|Tessa had a little bit too much fun making "moon craters" by dropping rocks of various sizes into a tin of flour. She learned the size and height from which a rock is dropped effects the size and depth of the resulting crater.|
Tuesday - Earth's Moon
- Read The Moon by Elaine Landau.
- Completed "The Moon's Path" (page 27) experiment from Thames & Kosmos Space Exploration kit.
Wednesday - Earth's Moon
- Read The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M. Branley.
- Read Faces of the Moon by Bob Crelin.
- Completed Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: Exploring Space, Grades 1-3 "The Earth Has One Satellite Called the Moon - Phases of the Moon" wheel (page 54).
- Completed moon flipbook from Thames & Kosmos Space Exploration kit.
Following Monday - Earth's Moon & Space Exploration
Following Tuesday - Astronomers
- Read Look Up! by Robert Burleigh.
- Read When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman.
- Read Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer by Carole Gerber.
- Completed Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: Exploring Space, Grades 1-3 "The Earth Has One Satellite Called the Moon - Space Riddles" (page 55).
If you're wondering where Galileo is, we will cover him next week in history during our study of the Renaissance.
Following Wednesday - Space Exploration
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Science: Solar System, Grades 1-3 "Space Travel - What's Been Up There?" (page 40).
- Completed (or in one case, attempted) the three rocket experiments from Thames & Kosmos Space Exploration kit.
|Tessa completed a rocket-shaped timeline of some of America's most important spacecrafts.|
|Tessa blew a "rocket" off the end of a straw during one of three rocket experiments we attempted from our from Thames & Kosmos Space Exploration kit.|
Following Thursday - Extra
- Read Galaxies, Galaxies! by Gail Gibbons.