Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Moon FUN!

So... My morning started out with a clogged Keurig. I've been cleaning it out all evening. Thank goodness I will have my coffee first thing in the morning tomorrow! I should've take a picture. It was pathetic. The thing was spitting at me! Practically teasing me with the coffee it was keeping for itself wasn't making.

Then my teammate's little boy was sick and we didn't get a sub. Had to split the class! Don't you just love those days?! We still had a lot of fun though!
We've been studying the moon for the past week and I finally have a minute between signing my life over to a realtor and cleaning the Keurig to share with you guys!

My sweet blogging friend Kristen shared this crater experiment on her blog. We dropped play-doh in flour to represent the asteroids hitting the moon and creating craters. We experimented with different sized play-doh to see the crater sizes. Of course, the large balls of play doh were a favorite to drop!
They loved this and it was such a powerful visual!

We also created these cute little moons using bubbles to look like the rocky texture of the moon! SO much fun!! I based this on this blog's tutorial. I did this with Ella this summer and it didn't turn out quite as good. The missing ingredient? Corn syrup! My teammate had seen it somewhere so we just played around with the concoction a little bit.
All you need:
-black paint
-corn syrup
-dish soap
-and a little water.
I'm not a measuring kind of person, so I just kinda mix it until it looks right. Put equal-ish amounts of the paint, corn syrup, and dish soap and then add a little water. It'll be a little goopy but not thick. Wear a paint shirt! I had a dentist appointment after we did these and had little black specks all over my neck from popping bubbles! haha!
I used a pie pan because it's perfect for the size of a paper plate! I used the cheapie paper plates that don't have the kind-of waxy cover on the back. Just paper. I blew through the straw and had each kid dip 3 times. We dipped the backs of the plate onto the bubbles. Be careful not to touch the actual paint and just press on the bubbles!
We used the circle crease in the plate to trim it down into a circle.

Then we made these cute little scenes with some moon facts:

Want to snag these rockets? Just click the picture to grab from Google docs!

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16 comments:

  1. Those moons turned out so great and so realistic! I love them!!

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  2. CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!! Love this and thanks for the shout out!! I'm so glad your class liked the experiment!!

    Kristen
    A Day in First Grade

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  3. These ideas are fantastic. I'm going to favorite this post so I can do this next year when we study the Earth and moon. Thanks for sharing.

    Erin
    www.missandersonkinder.blogspot.com

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  4. I am loving these ideas!!! Those moons are so awesome. I would have been miserable without my coffee. I think I would have had to make a pit stop at Starbucks on my way to work!! Glad to hear it's ready for tomorrow. :)

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

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  5. Nicole these are amazing! Just looked at Kristen's post too and these are awesome. Love your art project with the rocket. My sister teaches 3rd and that's where they do moon phases in our district so I'm passing this awesome post along! Fab-U-lous!

    ~Christy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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  6. We are just now finishing our moon unit! I love this!

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  7. So cute!!!!!!! Thanks for the freebie!

    Ann
    Mrs. Greene's Kindergarten Korner

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  9. Love the moon craft! I've done the phases of the moon before using Oreo cookies, but this is so creative too! Love the creativity! THanks!

    Rachael Parlett
    The Classroom Game Nook Blog

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  10. Thanks for sharing your moon craft! So cute, we are doing space this week so I am going to try to find a way to squeeze it into my day tomorrow!
    Thanks!
    Deanna
    A Primary Owl

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  11. Fun! I've never done a unit about space or the moon, but I bet the kids love it! That moon activity with the bubbles looks awesome!!

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  12. We'll be studying the moon soon too! I'll be pinning this and sharing with my team. Love it!
    Shibahn
    Mrs. Landry’s Land of Learning

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  13. What a fun day your kiddos had!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  14. What fabulous ideas...and thanks for the adorable freebie!

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  15. I LOVED your idea! I added to it and changed it a bit, but we still made the moons and used your rockets. I loved the rockets and the kids loved this project. Check it out over at my blog! http://misskingsechantedkingdom.blogspot.com/2013/02/to-moon-earth-in-universe-ccss.html

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Thanks for taking the time to chat with me!