Space is always one of my favorite themes to teach during the school year. There are SO many activities to do! I’ve settled on a few from my Space Math and Literacy Activities unit. Hopefully, you too will be inspired to download these fun, meaningful activities!
We began our week with this adorable poem about Little Pluto. I used this poem every day to build my students’ imagination, critical thinking and word skills. On Monday, I read the poem first and then we all read together line by line.
After our choral reading, the students glued the poem into their poetry journals (if you don’t use journals, they can glue the poem to the left side of construction paper). I then read the poem again as the students followed along on their own poems using their finger to point out words.
On Tuesday, we read the poem together again. I then had students come up and highlight the vowel “O” and any of our sight words. (This is a great time to reinforce any literacy skills you are working on.)
The highlighter cards are see-through index pages cut up into 1″, 2″, 3″, and 4″ rectangles.
On Wednesday, I cut the poem’s sentence strips into individual words or phrases. I gave one to each child and we put the poem together in the pocket chart using our poetry journals as a guide.
On Thursday, we glued the Pluto Word Play worksheet onto the right side (facing) page then completed it.
Finally, on Friday, I included the pocket chart cards in one of our literacy centers. The kids at that center put the poem together using their journals as a guide (next week, we will put it together with no guide!
Writing and Science Cross-Curriculum
Since my students are starting to learn how to use a graphic organizer, I decided to combine writing and science. First, we talked about the definition of a planet. We named things in outerspace and decided whether they were planets or not. Finally, we looked up the definition on the computer (a great way to add technology to your lesson plan!). During writing time, students went up to this center to complete their brace map then went back to their seats to complete their report. (Since this is Kindergarten, I was more concerned with how the students followed directions rather than the end product!)
More Literacy Centers
During our Literacy Rotations, I added a few new activities. The first was simple – Build a Space Sentence.
The second, Rocket Blends, was a challenge for some because we have not covered all the blends. However, we all did great!
We began with Alien Addition. Students picked a card and counted the aliens and the spaceships then counted them together. To cut down on copier fatigue, I inserted the worksheet into a clear sleeve and presto!
Another center was our Lunar Landing Graphing. The kids took turns with the spinner and filled out their recording sheet. A few are still working on “building a tower”, meaning start your graph from bottom to top, but most are getting the hang of it.
Can I let you in on a little secret? These removable spinners are one of the best investments I have ever made! They are so convenient and versatile. The kiddos used to get frustrated with the brad and paper clip or the pencil and paper clip. But these little doozies are fabulous! They come apart in the middle and clip back together! SO easy! Check out these Rainbow Game Spinners HERE!
Here’s hoping your Space unit is out of this world!