Post Updated 5/31/06! – added one link and the photo of our ceiling solar system!
Post Updated 6/21/06! – added one link!
I thought I would share a few of our outer space links with you from the Solar System Unit we did recently. There are a great many books we checked out from the library as well. The one I enjoyed the most was:
“The Planets in our Solar System” by Franklyn M. Branley (he had another one that covered the moon phases as well that was also great).
This book had a bunch of projects included that are really neat. We created our solar system “model” out of paper by tracing the lines provided in the book (and then the children colored it by looking at photos from other books of what each planet might look like). We
still have not finally hung them in order by distance before we left for vacation (the book gives the exact calculations to scale) from the ceiling (photo below).
Another great book which we have in our library for the Solar System Unit is: “364 More Simple Science Experiments (using everyday materials)” by Richard Churchhill, Louis V. Loeschnig, and Muriel Mandell. They include a great many experiments on gravity and many other interesting space-related fun – such as: Make a Balloon Rocket, Astronomical White Asteroids, Blue Moon Rocks, Telling Time by the Moon, Clocks, Star projects and Sundials galore!
In addition to great books, the children’s co-op “Solar System Play”, a field trip to see the IMAX “Man on the Moon”, and enjoying our Konos lessons about Galileo and Newton… we also enjoyed these links:
SOLAR SYSTEM LINKS
- Solar System Song – Silly little song (rather long, though). The kids enjoyed it.
- Star Gazer – Scripts from the PBS Show and Links to PDF Star Charts for THIS Month
- Mission to Mars – Learn about the Rover and see Mars Landscape Photos!
- Interesting visual Timezone Map.
- Coolest solar system site on the net (hands down): Spacesounds.com !!!
- Learn about the Sun at Surfing for Sunbeams.
- (NEW!) Amazing interactive site that allows you to compare the size of the sun, planets, and our moon. Just choose your heavenly bodies and click “compare”!
- (NEW!) Earth, Sun, Moon and Solar System Unit Study for Elementary Kids
We hope you have an Outer Space Unit that is out of this world!
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