The kids and I are over the moon (har har har) about this month’s unit study theme. We’re going to be learning all about space this month!
Learning about the Sun
We kicked off our study by taking a closer look at our solar system’s resident star, and why we have seasons. With Mother Goose Time, we practiced reading the words “sun” and “star” with Little Miss, and then we talked about how the sun, although it looks huge in our sky, is actually a medium sized star, and out there in the universe there are stars that are much bigger, and smaller too.
Then, we talked about what the sun does for us. The sun keeps us warm, and helps plants grow! The sun can also be dangerous- we talked about putting on sunscreen and protecting our bodies and eyes from the sunshine.
After we finished the preschool activities, I brought out the globe to do a lesson with all of the kids on why we have seasons.
The earth’s tilt can be a bit of a complex concept for young kids, but a hands on lesson was exactly what we needed. A globe already shows the Earth’s tilt, so it’s the best choice for this activity, but in a pinch, you could draw lines on a ball, or an orange, and use that to demonstrate the same thing.
After we covered the basics (as seen in the video) I reviewed the seasons with the big kids, and had them tell me which parts of the world were experiencing what seasons depending on the position of the Earth in relation to the Sun. We also discussed why the equator is warmer than the poles (answer- it’s because the sunlight hits it more directly).
We finished our lesson with Bill Nye the Science Guy. I still remember watching this episode in the 6th grade, and “The Earth is tilted…. ttttiiilted. The Earth is tilted!”
Our Space Unit Study
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