Monday, July 30, 2012

Made-It Monday: The Solar System

Who doesn't love the Solar System!  Space fascinates children from the primary grades through adulthood.  Here are some projects I made for the classroom or home!

A picture of the sun can has is graphic organizer
The Solar System can has is graphic organizer

I love the tree charts--I think it is a great way for pre-writing!  If you want a copy of our sun and its planets, click here.

The Solar System K-W-L Chart

One of my favorite discussion activities is a K-W-L Chart.  They help to activate children's prior knowledge, and it lends itself to a wonderful way of closing the lesson.  I made the charts for the sun and its planets.  Find it here.

Diary of the Solar System Graphic Organizer


I love the whimsy of making inanimate objects real.  The students can write diaries for the planets. It could even be a class project and made into a class book. This is a graphic organizer for the pre-writing stage.  You can find the entire solar system here.

Graphic Organizer of the Solar System
 I love making these graphic organizers for two reasons: they are easy and students love them!  I take two sheets of 12"x18" construction paper and line them up so there is about an inch between.  I fold it over and staple, and I have a very cool graphic organizer.  I have used it for planets, life cycles of butterflies and frogs, the layers of a tropical rain forest, and the layers of the seas.  It works well for anything!

Rock Planets

You can see what it looks like on the inside.  I drew each of the rock planets and wrote facts for each planet.

The Rock Planets: painting projects
I was trying to think of a fun way to make the planets.  As you see they are not to scale!  

Mercury:  I took orange paper, white paint and marbles.  I think it looks cool!  
Venus: blue paper and white paint and marbles.  I wish I made clouds on the blue paper instead.
Earth: white paper, green and blue paint, marbles.  I have made better, but it is still fun to roll those marble around.
Mars: red paper with sponged orange paint.  I was trying to make the cool orange rocks of Mars.  

Enjoy!

There are many other great ideas at 4th Grade Frolics!


4 comments:

  1. You are very generous to share all your work with others! thank you!

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  2. I love the graphic organizer idea! Thank you for sharing!!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  3. Those are some awesome solar system ideas! :)

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  4. I LOVE these! I'm experimenting with interactive notebooks next year in science and these graphic organizers will be a GREAT help when I teach my solar system unit!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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