Out of This World
1."Our Class is Out of This World!"- Children write their names in stars, cut out, and outline with glitter. Display stars around a large rocketship that has the class name or grade.
2. "Kindergarten is Far Out"- Children create paper plate alien heads using pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, pom pom, and foam shapes.
3. "Blasting Off Into Learning"- Children make rocketships.
BOOKS: Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch Stars! Stars! Stars! By Bob Barner I Want to Be an Astonaut by Byron Barton All About Space by Sue Becklake Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Bugs in Space by David Carter Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle Papa, Please Get Me the Moon by Eric Carle Dogs in Space by Nancy Coffelt The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons The Planets by Gail Gibbons Stargazers by Gail Gibbons Big Silver Space Shuttle by Ken Wilson Max Here in Space by Dave Milgram Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton Our Stars by Anne Rockwell Me and my Place in Space by Joan Sweeney What’s Out There? by Lynn Wilson Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino POEMS AND SONGS: I Know All Nine Planets! ("Itsy Bitsy Spider" tune)
Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch
Stars! Stars! Stars! By Bob Barner
I Want to Be an Astonaut by Byron Barton
All About Space by Sue Becklake
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Bugs in Space by David Carter
Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle
Papa, Please Get Me the Moon by Eric Carle
Dogs in Space by Nancy Coffelt
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
The Planets by Gail Gibbons
Stargazers by Gail Gibbons
Big Silver Space Shuttle by Ken Wilson Max
Here in Space by Dave Milgram
Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton
Our Stars by Anne Rockwell
Me and my Place in Space by Joan Sweeney
What’s Out There? by Lynn Wilson
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino
POEMS AND SONGS:
I Know All Nine Planets!
("Itsy Bitsy Spider" tune)
Listen to me sing them in order one by one.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
“The Solar System in Motion”
("The Farmer in the Dell" tune)
The Earth turns around,
The Earth turns around.
Once a day, every day,
The Earth turns around.
The moon goes round the Earth,
The moon goes round the Earth.
Once a month, every month,
The moon goes round the Earth.
The Earth goes round the sun,
The Earth goes round the sun.
Once a year, every year,
The earth goes round the sun.
“Star Light, Star Bright”
I see tonight,
I wish I may,
I wish I might,
Have this wish
I wish tonight.
"Climb Aboard the Spaceship”
(“Itsy Bitsy Spider” tune)
Climb aboard the spaceship.
We’re going to the moon.
Hurry and get ready,
We’re going to blast off real soon!
Put on your helmets
And buckle up real tight!
Here comes the countdown,
Let’s count with all our might!
"I Ride in a Spaceship"
(I turn this into a pocketchart poem, using pictures for some words.)
Outer space (solar system) is where I like to go.
I ride in a spaceship (spaceship),
Just like so.
See me traveling through the stars. (stars)
Hello Jupiter (Jupiter), hello Mars (Mars)!
"Ring Around the Spaceship"
Ring around the spaceship,
(Class holds hands and walks in circle.)
Try to grab a star.
(reach up high.)
All fall down.
(Drop to floor.)
1. Day and Night Demonstration- Volunteer shines a flashlight, used to represent the sun, on globe while another volunteer slowly spins the globe. Discuss what time of day it is for land receiving light and what time of day it is for land turned away from light.
2. Why Does the Moon Shine? Demonstration-
One child holds a mirror (moon). Another child shines a flashlight (sun) towards the mirror. Mirror will reflect light just like the moon reflects the sun's light.
3. Orbit Rings Snack- pineapple slice and cherry
4. Constellation Viewers- Color paper towel tube with markers. Cover the end with a circle of black paper, attach it with a rubber band, and poke holes in the paper with a toothpick. Child holds viewer up to light to observe “stars” shining.
10. Balloon Rocket Ship- Slide a straw on to a long length of yarn.Tie yarn from one chair to another chair. Blow up balloon and hold end closed. Tape balloon to straw. Release balloon and watch it "fly".
11. Astronaut Drink- Put a scoop of Tang in a ziplock bag and add water. Add a straw, seal bag, and drink.
12. Astronaut Snack- Mix dried fruit and beef jerky in a ziplock bag for snack.
13. Put phases of the moon cards in sequential order on pocketchart. Cards can be found at
1. Put star patterns in order according to size.
2. Place star or planet pattern in numerical order according to numbers written on them.
3. Put the correct number of paper rays on each sun according to the number written on it.
4. Match rocket patterns with numbers written on them to planets with dots on them.
1. Coffee Filter Planets- Children dye coffee filters using food coloring and a water bottle. Glue filters on to black paper and stick star stickers around the planet.
2. Paper Plate Sun- Paint plate yellow and glue on yellow paper strips.
3. Contact Paper Sun- Children stick red, orange, and yellow paper on to contact paper. Cover with a 2nd sheet of contact paper and cut into circular shape. Glue on yellow paper rays.
4. Paper Plate Planet Earth- Children tear blue and green paper and glue on to paper plate.
5. Space Station- Children paint large box. Add details with painted tubes, star stickers, etc.
6. Moon Rocks- Children paint rocks black and sprinkle on various colored glitter while rock is still wet.
7. Paper Tube Rocket Ship- Children paint paper towel tube. When dry, add top, wings, and window. (patterns can be found at enchantedlearning.com)
8. Paper Plate Comet- (I make this into a two day project.) Children paint both sides of plate using red, orange, and yellow paint. Sprinkle on gold glitter while paint is still wet. When dry, glue on yellow party streamer to represent flames.
9. Astronaut- Students color and cut out astronaut pattern. Glue photo of child’s head in helmet.
10. Outer Space Mural- Each child draws and cuts out a planet, star, ship, or alien for mural. Add glitter detail.
11.UFO- Children paint paper plate and styrofoam bowl. Glue bowl atop plate. Students can decorate with glitter and window patterns.
12. Shooting Star- Children cut out star pattern drawn on yellow construction paper. Paint star with diluted glue and sprinkle on gold glitter. When dry, attach yellow, orange, and red crepe paper streamer to be flame streaks.
13. Styrofoam bowl alien- Staple 2 styrofoam bowls together. Children glue on tissue paper squares using diluted glue. Add glitter glue, plastic spoon eyes, and pipecleaner antennae and arms.