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Planet Reports and Crafts!
20 Jan, 2013. 12 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Crafts, First Grade, Science, Writing. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we studied the planets. Each of my students picked a planet and then researched information about them. They learned how to take notes and how to turn their notes into a “report.” We also made a planet craft. They came out so great! 
To make the planets we took shaving cream and then added drops of food coloring to them. The children had to be able to tell me what color their planet should be and how they could make that color. They then squirted the shaving cream (onto a cookie pan for easy clean up!) and added the food coloring.
 
After they added the food coloring, they mixed the colors with a popsicle stick. Then they placed their planet (a white circle) on top of the food coloring and gently pressed down on it until some came out from the sides. (We wanted to make sure the color would cover the white circles. )
Then we wiped off the shaving cream with a bunch of tissues and they came out like this! 
Then the children mounted them onto black paper and added rings (out of glitter) if their planet was a gas giant. 
Here are some samples of their reports! 
They really loved this activity and they look great hanging around my classroom!! 
The paper we used for our reports is made by Lori Rosenberg.  She is my “go to” for any writing activity that we do in my class!!
In case you are interested, I have an Earth and Space packet available in my TpT store that includes planet posters, positive reinforcement behavior charts, cooperative learning games with the planets, math bins, and space themed sight word flashcards and games! Click on the cover to see more of what is included!

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12 Comments
  1. LOVE this idea! You have to pin it!!
    Christy
    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  2. Wow! That’s some awesome report Trinity wrote!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  3. Erin -

    Thank you sharing! I love the shaving cream and food coloring idea to make a planet. I will have to keep this in mind when I teach the Earth next year or maybe we can just squeeze it in this year b/c I love this idea so much!

    Erin
    http://www.missandersonkinder.blogspot.com

  4. ohhhh I’m just going to steal all of your fabulous planet/ moon ideas! We’re doing this right after you!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

  5. Love the way the planets turned out! So cute!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  6. I love everything about this post! We will learn all about planets in a few weeks. I can’t wait to have them research each planet and make the shaving cream craft. Thanks for sharing!

    The Frizz

  7. I love everything about this post! We will learn all about planets in a few weeks. I can’t wait to have them research each planet and make the shaving cream craft. Thanks for sharing!

    The Frizz

  8. Wow! Wonderful ideas. I’m saving this for when we study planets. :)

  9. Oh. My. Gosh. Those shaving cream planets are AMAZING!!! We get to the solar system in 3 weeks, and we are SO doing this. Thank you! Thank you! I’m amazed at how much your firsties can write!!

  10. Love the planets and the reports. They turned out great!!!

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  11. Liz -

    Very cute! We study planets in August, so I’ll be bookmarking this post. I love how you made the planets.

  12. Wow…those reports are awesome! Lovin’ this unit! :)

12 Comments

  • LOVE this idea! You have to pin it!!
    Christy
    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  • Wow! That’s some awesome report Trinity wrote!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  • Erin -

    Thank you sharing! I love the shaving cream and food coloring idea to make a planet. I will have to keep this in mind when I teach the Earth next year or maybe we can just squeeze it in this year b/c I love this idea so much!

    Erin
    http://www.missandersonkinder.blogspot.com

  • ohhhh I’m just going to steal all of your fabulous planet/ moon ideas! We’re doing this right after you!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

  • Love the way the planets turned out! So cute!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  • I love everything about this post! We will learn all about planets in a few weeks. I can’t wait to have them research each planet and make the shaving cream craft. Thanks for sharing!

    The Frizz

  • I love everything about this post! We will learn all about planets in a few weeks. I can’t wait to have them research each planet and make the shaving cream craft. Thanks for sharing!

    The Frizz

  • Wow! Wonderful ideas. I’m saving this for when we study planets. :)

  • Oh. My. Gosh. Those shaving cream planets are AMAZING!!! We get to the solar system in 3 weeks, and we are SO doing this. Thank you! Thank you! I’m amazed at how much your firsties can write!!

  • Love the planets and the reports. They turned out great!!!

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  • Liz -

    Very cute! We study planets in August, so I’ll be bookmarking this post. I love how you made the planets.

  • Wow…those reports are awesome! Lovin’ this unit! :)

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