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