On this day we read about the Moon and did the lapbook components to add to our science notebook. What’s perfect about these lapbooks for us right now is the writing is not overwhelming and reinforces the main points we’ve gone over. We used the Moon — Speedy Lapbook by Homeschool Bits (which was quite inexpensive).
Moon Craters: Our activity that day was to talk about why the surface of the moon has so many craters.
We made a play dough like surface and covered it with aluminum foil. Then we got some marbles and fired our “meteors” at the “surface of the moon.”
|We looked at some actual photos of the craters on the moon and read a bit more about it too. The kids liked this activity!|
Another reader suggested: Another cool meteor activity is to put a layer of flour in a tray then a layer of cocoa powder then drop marbles in and the ‘splat’ effect of the cocoa and flour will look like meteor craters! What a great idea!
For the first part of our unit (when we talked about gravity) we used. Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2 (affliliate link) by Bernard J. Nebel
We got some of our ideas for our astronomy unit from Janice VanCleave’s Astronomy for Every Kid (affiliate link). I love her books!
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You may be interested in the posts in this series:
- Earth Science Unit — Gravity
- Earth Science — Gravity: the planets, moon and space
- Astronomy Unit: Refraction, Vacuum, Saturn’s Rings
- Astronomy Unit: Inner and Outer Planets, The Asteroid Belt
- Astronomy Unit: The Moon (Day 1)
- Astronomy Unit: The Moon (Day 2)
- Phases of the Moon Activity: Homemade Oreo Cookie Recipe (Yum!!)
You might also be interested in these related posts (we did these when my kids were older… ie. elementary):
- Earth Science Packet: Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains and More!
- Earth Science Layers of the Earth Activity
- Earth Science: Plate Movement Hands-On Activiites
- Earth Science Packet: Layers of the Atmosphere
- Earth Science Activities: Earthquakes, Plate Movement and Mountain Making
- Learning about Latitude and Longitude, Using a Compass
- Earth Science: Timeline of Earth Activity – A Montessori activity that is meant to impress kids with the enormity of time on Earth.
- Earth’s Geologic Timeline – How scientists divide Earth’s history into eons and eras
- Earth Science: Plate Movement Hands-On Activities
- How to Make a Earthquake Shake Table
- Awesome Gelatin Volcano and other Activities
- Earth Science Activities: Tissue Paper Volcano
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- Topographic Maps
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