We focused on the moon and earth for our first week. The kids made moon paintings using flour and white tempera paint.
Moon Jump Math:
During math, students calculated our "moon jumps." A single foot jump on Earth could be about 6 feet on the moon.
Sun and Stars:
Another fun math activity we did was creating our own constellations using star stickers and rulers. We practiced measuring inches between each star.
Lunar Landing STEM Project:
One of our favorite projects so far has been our "Lunar Landing" STEM group project. The challenge was to help the astronaut to land safely on the moon.
Our take-home project was a mini-constellation on recycled lids. I keep a collection of lids that parents donate to me from all kinds of bottles and containers. I pulled the larger lids out and had the kids draw their stars using black Sharpies. They could be circles, stars, or any other shape. Then the kids filled in the background using the Sharpies. (I am very trusting with Sharpies in my class!) The kids painted their stars with a bit of glow-in-the-dark paint or fluorescent paint. I used a small sheet of wax paper as a "palette" to make easy clean-up because they only needed a little bit of paint and a small paint brush. They were so excited to take their constellations home to observe when it got dark!