For the month of December the students started showing an interest in Space and Travelling there by rocketship.
We found several larger boxes and allowed the students to design and cut out their spaceship as they saw fit. We encouraged them to make plans before using the scissors to cut out the windows.
Once the rocket was ready for play the children all wanted a turn to fly into space to see what they could see. This was a good exercise in learning how to take turns so that all interested were able to have their fair turn inside the ship to look at the galaxy. As the student climbed into the rocketship another student closed the door, while a third student help the window shut. As the on-lookers performed the count down 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-Blast Off!, the window was opened and the "astronaut" looked out into the galaxy and told us what they saw.
"I see the Moon"
"I see Saturn and more planets"
"I see the milky way"
"I see dark"
|Making a space Station from a plan.|
|Researching the Solar System on the I-Pad.|
|Creating the Solar System on mural paper.|
|Taking our time to write the names of the planets.|
|Working collaboratively to create the mural.|
Several other students were engaged in an art project creating a hanging display of all the planets in our Solar System. They created each planet and wrote its name to hang up. What a great way to incorporate authentic writing experiences.
|KWL chart to begin our questions.|
|Documentation notes taken during Thinking and Learning TIme|
|Our Documentation Wall.|
|Working on watercolour painting.|
The fun thing about having on-going inquiries throughout the classroom - students will pick up the theme throughout the day at various activities. This was seen when a number of students engaged in Math-magician time and were using 2-D shapes to create images of the planets.
With a particular interest in the moon at one of our morning meetings we discussed the things we know, and the questions we had about the moon. We then began to look through books and internet sites to gain more information about our questions - realizing that some of our theories and thinking were actual misconceptions. Always good learning along the way for all.
|Creating the different phases of the Moon.|