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Blast Off To The Moon
1 Feb, 2014. 15 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Free, Kindergarten Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week has been an absolute blast. (pun intended!) We started our unit on the moon and space and my students could not be MORE excited. 
We have done a ton of hands-on activities to make it super fun and to bring out the best in my students’ work.  Our whole week has been “themed” from small group work to science experiments. 
We began the week sorting our words for the week. This week in our curriculum we were focusing on ai and ay words however, we were reviewing oo words. To make this fun I quickly cut out black butcher paper and put it on my white board before my students came in Monday morning. I also cut out a yellow moon. In a brown paper bag, I put a bunch of stars in it with different words on them. As a quick whole group activity, my students came up and reached into the bag and took out one star each.
If the star had an “oo” sound in it, the word needed to be placed on the moon. If it did NOT have an “oo” in it, they had to put it in outer space. They loved this and it was a quick and easy way to review our phonics patterns for the week. 
We have also been working on using adjectives in our writing. To make this REALLY fun, I searched on Amazon and bought my class a few different types of SPACE food. In small groups, we reviewed what an adjective was and then my students were given the challenge to taste test their space food and come up with descriptive words for it. 
First they observed the food with their eyes. 
They came up with adjectives to describe what it looked like and then recorded it on their recording page. Then, they smelled it and recorded what it smelled like. 
After writing fabulous adjectives to describe what the space food looked and smelled like, they got to taste it. They were in first grade HEAVEN!  
They discovered that if they licked the space food it would rehydrate the food. They said it tasted so “creamy and delicious” as it melted on their tongues. {great adjectives!!}
 After they taste tested the food, they finished filling up their page with fantastic “third grade” adjectives. They really LOVED this activity! 
After they taste tested the three flavors of space ice cream (Neapolitan, Mint Chocolate Chip and an Ice Cream sandwich), we graphed which flavor we liked best.  
We ended up liking the mint chocolate chip the best! 
If you would like to complete this activity, all of the recording sheets are FREE! You can get them by clicking on the picture below.
 During our guided reading groups, each group read a reader that I wrote. I wrote a few different books to meet the needs of all of my students. I have an easy-to-read book about a trip to space, two books about the moon, and one book on the phases of the moon. Each group LOVED reading all about the moon in these readers and then extended their knowledge with my other books that I have! It was a great week of reading and learning. You can get two of the readers for FREE by clicking on the picture below! {This also includes lesson plans!}
On {FUN} Friday, we REALLY had a blast. We discovered what a crater is and how they are formed and did our edible phases of the moon activity. 
 
 {Talk about HAPPY first graders!!} 
To complete the crater activity you will need:
a round pan
a mat (to contain the mess)
flour
play dough
Place your covering and round dish on the floor. Then have a helper pour a half a bag of flour on top of it. Then have multiple students smooth out the flour. 
I then taught a brief lesson on asteroids. We talked about the moon orbiting in space and then my students discussed what they thought would happen if an asteroid crashed into the moon. Next they had to discuss what would happen if the asteroid was small and what would happen if the asteroid was really big. 
We then tested their theories. I had pre-made small, medium, and large sized asteroids out of play dough. One student then dropped the asteroid onto the moon. (they were standing on the ground) 
Then we discussed what they think would happen if the asteroid came from farther away. I then had a student stand on a chair and drop the asteroid on our moon again. 
 
THEY LOVED THIS! We tried this a few times, each time observing the crater that was left. We looked at how deep the crater was and if it bounced. 
 
This is such a fun demonstration to use to help students understand craters! 
Finally, to end our day, we created edible phases of the moon. 
For this activity you need: 
Oreos
Drink stirrers (or utensils) 
Plates for each child
and a phases of the moon guide (from my All About The Moon Pack)
We carefully created each phase of the moon out of Oreos using our stirrers and placed them on our plates. After each phase, we repeated the names of all the phases that we had already created. 
My students carefully used their stirrers to make each different phase.
 
 They also checked their work using their “phases of the moon” book. 
 
 After they finished they were allowed to eat ONE cookie (which is why the little girl’s phases of the moon is missing one!). 
They LOVED this and are now ready to complete their phases of the moon observation book! 
Each night, my students are going to look outside and draw and write what phase the moon is in. I like to do the edible phases of the moon first so they have a really good idea of what they are looking for! They are so excited to observe the moon. 
For these and MORE activities to help your moon units come to life, you can pick up my “All about the moon” pack on sale at my store! Just click on the picture below for the packet! You and your students will LOVE it! 

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15 Comments
  1. Amazing post my friend . . . every SINGLE word of it. Thanks for the great ideas and products {as always}. Big hugs and merry weekend!

  2. Wow! What a great read. It makes me want to go back and do some more stuff in my space unit. I will be doing some of this next year with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing.
    Laura

  3. Jodi -

    What an absolutely AMAZING post friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

  4. Our reading story next week is about the moon. I’m going to try and do all of this!!
    Stacey
    Teaching Ever After

  5. I am swooning over all your great activities! All About the Moon is a must have pack! Kudos, my talented friend!
    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  6. You are amazing!

  7. Looks like the students enjoyed it! Love seeing hands-on learning.
    Stephanie from Principal Principles

  8. I love doing the moon crater ejecta experiment with my firsties! I especially adore the Oreo moon phases! I am not sure who ends up enjoying it more, the kids or me! hands down my favorite unit to teach!

  9. You are awesome, Kristen!!! You have no idea how excited I am to be teaching Math and Science next year! Your products are absolutely amazing and are getting me so excited about it! Just bought your moon pack and I am using parts of it these week during our Moon unit! So wish we could teach at the same school because it would be amazing!

    Katie

  10. Love, Love, Love!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

  11. WOW!!! I just finished a space unit, but I am definitely tucking every idea away for next time!! Thank you so much for the freebies and I am excited to check out the rest of your pack!! P.S. Love that you are in Austin! I’m just down the road in Waco. :)

    Happy teaching!
    Erin
    Little Miss Primary

  12. Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas!

  13. Thanks so much for giving me permission to include your AWESOME graph in my RoundUP of graphs! Just made sure that I was following you ‘everywhere’……… so many layers to this whole process.

  14. Klarisa -

    Hi! Love this! I am currently doing a solar system unit with my 4th graders and I would LOVE to have them sample space food. I have 18 students. How much would you suggest I order. I found what you ordered on Amazon, and I’m thinking I want them to sample a few different kinds, just didn’t know how far one package would go.

15 Comments

  • Amazing post my friend . . . every SINGLE word of it. Thanks for the great ideas and products {as always}. Big hugs and merry weekend!

  • Wow! What a great read. It makes me want to go back and do some more stuff in my space unit. I will be doing some of this next year with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing.
    Laura

  • Jodi -

    What an absolutely AMAZING post friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

  • Our reading story next week is about the moon. I’m going to try and do all of this!!
    Stacey
    Teaching Ever After

  • I am swooning over all your great activities! All About the Moon is a must have pack! Kudos, my talented friend!
    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  • You are amazing!

  • Looks like the students enjoyed it! Love seeing hands-on learning.
    Stephanie from Principal Principles

  • I love doing the moon crater ejecta experiment with my firsties! I especially adore the Oreo moon phases! I am not sure who ends up enjoying it more, the kids or me! hands down my favorite unit to teach!

  • You are awesome, Kristen!!! You have no idea how excited I am to be teaching Math and Science next year! Your products are absolutely amazing and are getting me so excited about it! Just bought your moon pack and I am using parts of it these week during our Moon unit! So wish we could teach at the same school because it would be amazing!

    Katie

  • Love, Love, Love!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

  • WOW!!! I just finished a space unit, but I am definitely tucking every idea away for next time!! Thank you so much for the freebies and I am excited to check out the rest of your pack!! P.S. Love that you are in Austin! I’m just down the road in Waco. :)

    Happy teaching!
    Erin
    Little Miss Primary

  • Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas!

  • Thanks so much for giving me permission to include your AWESOME graph in my RoundUP of graphs! Just made sure that I was following you ‘everywhere’……… so many layers to this whole process.

  • Klarisa -

    Hi! Love this! I am currently doing a solar system unit with my 4th graders and I would LOVE to have them sample space food. I have 18 students. How much would you suggest I order. I found what you ordered on Amazon, and I’m thinking I want them to sample a few different kinds, just didn’t know how far one package would go.

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