Sublime Space Unit
So over the last 3 weeks my grade 1 students in the UAE have been learning a lot about space, the solar system, and astronauts. This was a great end of the year unit as the students (they may be grade one but their English level is below Kindergarten ability in the States), and they could apply a lot of their new English skills to what we were doing. We spent a week on each of the topics:
Stars and Moon, Planets, Astronauts and Space Travel.
At the end of the unit our team put together a SPACE DAY, where the students got to come dressed as astronauts and complete hands on activities involving everything they had learned about space. Check out some of our displays and activities below!
I have also included my Astronaut Kids clipart pack that was inspired by this unit. To get your own copy, Click Here
Our Moon Table
8 Phases of the Moon Cycle
Writing about Astronauts in Napkin Books
Counting how many big stars and small stars we used to make a constellation
After reading "Papa Please Get the Moon for Me" the students wrote a sentence about who they would get the moon for and made a picture depicting their writing
Life Cycle of a Star
Images can be found
The cut and paste worksheet for the Star Life Cycle is my own creation which you pick up at my TPT store.
The large circles next to our KWL chart are planets that the students made by cutting images from magazines. They had to decide what kinds of things could be found on their planet
Below is our working wall for the Space Unit
This was a great activity where a student got to dress up as an astronaut and we would discuss all the parts that an astronaut wears. Then I would pick several students to come and stick a label on the part of the astronaut outfit. For kids with little English this was a great visualization to help them understand
We are encouraged to do weekly science experiments with the students so we modified the "Blubber" experiment for "Insulation". Same idea as the blubber for winter animals experiment just with talking about what keeps astronauts warm in space
Some of the grade one team getting ready for Space Day! (Not a flattering picture I might add). All the students came dressed as astronauts and engaged in the following activities:
1. Making constellations
2. Labeling Planets
3. Sorting Space Rocks
4. Making Tang in a bag
5. Making the 8 Moon Phases
6. Taking a photo on the Moon
7. Walking on the Moon
8. Jumping in Space
They were also given a "Planet Passport" as each of our activities was labeled under the name of a planet. At each activity they had to write a sentence about what they were doing. There was also some form of writing for them to complete as well, like writing moon facts, writing about how high they could jump, etc...