I thought this was such a great idea for talking about our location, size and placement in the universe. It’d even be great for a study of maps. What a great lesson on where we live!!
I had these all stacked together and went over these one by one asking them which galaxy we live in, what planet, what state, city, street etc. Then piled them one on top of the next til it made the large stack you see at the left.
GALAXY: We are located in the Milky Way Galaxy
SOLAR SYSTEM: Our solar system has 8 planets and 5 dwarf planets
EARTH: We live on the planet earth which has 7 continents.
CONTINENT: We live in North America
STATE: We live in … Montana, for example. (We actually live on the east coast.)
CITY: We live in the city of Great Falls, for example.
STREET: We live on Second Street, for example.
KIDS’ PHOTO: This is us in our house at 88 Second Street.
ATOMS: Inside us, the smallest bits of matter are called atoms.
I simply printed out the appropriate pictures/maps from google images and mounted them on some construction paper on some cardboard nesting boxes we have around (from when LD was a baby!!).
This was a fabulous exercise because at one point, DD exclaimed, “I get it — it goes from biggest, to smaller, smaller, smaller, … smallest” as she tapped each box. Both she and LD took turns both nesting the boxes and stacking them. LD particularly enjoyed being timed to see how fast he could put them together.
I’m happy to say that I now know where I saw this activity: over at Little Acorns. I had jotted it down for use with a study of maps. She also provided a link to the wooden nesting boxes at Waseca and the learning materials provided by the Waseca Learning Environment. It seemed just perfect to fit in right now because we’re going to spend a few days or so on the solar system.