Monday, March 11, 2013

Blasting off to the Solar System

Hello darlings!  What have you been up to lately?  Well, we have been learning about the Solar System. (my most favorite unit ever!)  I love, love, love how I taught it this year because each subject incorporated the unit.  During reading, we were working on our Nonfiction Unit by Lucy Calkins, so kiddos did lots of reading about space.  They also picked a specific planet that they wanted to research and we learned how to Read like a Researcher.  In writing, we took all the info we had gathered and learned how to write a research report.  In Science, we were able to dig deeper into each planet, and also learned about the rotation and revolution of the Earth (among other things).  In Math we were doing measurement, so we completed a project that measured the distances between the planets.  My kiddos were like, "What subject are we doing?"   "When are we going to do reading?"  They were amazed that Science, Reading, Writing, and Math are all interrelated and you can do a part of each in each subject.  =) I know!  Weird, huh?

Here we are measuring planet distances...

Here is our Reading and Writing Research Project
We used lots of nonfiction planet books as well as the Internet.
Kidrex is a safe search engine for kids.

Now we are measuring our shadows to learn about Earth's rotation.

We also completed a poster about the phases of the moon.

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I'd like to leave you with an inspiring little reminder.

Share an inspirational quote with me in the comments section!  Pretty PLEASE!  =)


  1. Love this post, pinning for next year. We did planet research too but I did not incorporate it all together or do the cool measurement activity :( Here is my quote. I'm sure you've seen it, but I think as an educator, it is extremely relevant!
    Kickin' It With Class

    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

    ― Albert Einstein

  2. I love how you incorporated your planet unit into EVERY subject!

    I'll show you a few quotes...

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  3. Super cute! I am your newest follower! As for a quote......."The first to help you up are usually the one's who know what it feels like to fall down".
    :0) Cara

    Kindergarten Boom Boom


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