Life at the Pond definitely seems to go in cycles. We are back to studying space- this time in connection with our Ancient Greek History/Mythology unit. Astronomy ties in so well with those two themes, between the mythos in the stars and ancient astronomers who shaped modern astronomy so long ago. This Mama Frog has been meaning to pick the blog back up, but there is always something going on, or something we are in the middle of. I figured this would be the perfect time to start again, at the beginning of this unit. The Froglets were busy today! They did planet fact sheets, constellations, name rockets, made astronaut puppets and even played with kinetic sand. My kitchen is full of suns and space pages we painted that are drying (finished projects are coming!). This unit will also give the Froglets the chance to learn how space exploration helped create an entire literary genre, in addition to the ancient myths. Tomorrow we will begin our Greek history/mythology portion of the unit. It has certainly been a hit so far, as the Froglets were begging to keep doing school at 5:00 this evening.
This coming year, the Frogs will be doing some serious space learning, so for our summer unit, I have been keeping it light. Not to mention that with this hot heat here at the Pond and this Mama Frog getting closer everyday to the birth of Tadpole, no one has felt much like buckling down and getting serious. Yesterday, the Big Frogs put on their writing caps, and came up with some super creative letters they could find in their mail boxes from an alien friend. The letters were to be written in traditional letter format with date, heading, body, closing and signature. Being the artistic Frogs they are, they also added some “photos” from their home planets. I went ahead and scanned the letters in so you can take a look at them if you are interested. At the bottom of the post you will find a list of links for the printables we used. Many are free printables. Jelly Bean wanted in on the writing fun, so I found her a story starter complete with picture to color, about an alien’s travels. Creating writing is not really her “thang” but she had fun coming up with a story for her alien traveler. Enjoy!!
Links to recreate our Alien Adventure:
http://www.teacherfilebox.com/Unit/Detail.aspx?F=15017 (Alien Penpals- You cannot print this without a membership, but you can view it and get the idea)
http://www.education.com/slideshow/story-starter-traveling-alien/alien-story-starter-1/ (these can be downloaded for free one page at a time)
Due to some printer issues yesterday, we did not start our Night Sky unit as planned. Today, the Frogs had a friend over, so we decided to start with something fun- and lo and behold- The Aliens Have Landed On the Moon! I found an alien template on the internet and through a Word program made it the size I needed. Then with the help of Papa Frog who got rained out at work we cut out enough aliens and ships for each Frog to have one. Using a bowl and some black paper I made some moon shapes. Then the fun began!
The Frogs were each given a small square of terry cloth and a moon template, and with a lid of white and black paint, the moon painting began. They played with the contrasts between dark and light spaces, creating craters on their moons. Everyone, from The Boy to Lizard Breath made their own moons, varying technique and depth from Frog to Frog. The finished product was quite impressive, if I do say so myself.
Next, came the decorations of the aliens. Some Frogs made scary aliens, some made alien families and others turned the space ship templates into alien dogs.
Finally….SUCCESS! The Frogs glued their pictures together and used star-shaped sponges to create a galaxy. Then each Frog shared the story of their own alien moon landing. Great fun!