Friday, January 20, 2012

Let's Go to the Moon!

This week we read the story "Let's Go to the Moon!" which is in our Tx Journeys reading series.  At the end of this week, I had the students list one way the Moon and the Earth were the same and one way they were different.   I gave very little guidance for this, in fact, we didn't discuss it at all, I just handed them the paper, read the questions and they got busy writing.  I figured we have done a bazillion Venn diagrams and comparisons already this year and I wanted to see what THEY knew.  I was pleased with the results.
And yes, I know there is a mistake on the worksheet.  That's what I get for deciding to do this last minute and typing it up right quick while students were working.  I have fixed it and you can get a mistake free version HERE.




(in this next example, he is referring to what we learned in our story - the astronauts drove a Lunar Rover on the Moon)

(I know I get carried away with samples, but I just LOVE when they start writing like this!)


I purchased these two units from Abby Mullins at her TpT store and we had some serious fun this week learning about astronauts and the moon. 
One of the activities from her unit that we did was to taste astronaut ice cream, then we tried a little regular vanilla ice cream for a comparison.  We made this class graph:
Then there was a recording sheet for the students to fill out and do some analysis.  I  recommend these two units (especially if you are using the Journeys reading series).
You can grab a copy of her units here:


I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Mrs. Smyth at New Adventrues in First Grade for awarding me this award:
The rules are:
1)  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2) Tell 7 things about yourself.
Here goes:
J  I have a wonderful hubby and two amazing boys (ages 19 and 12)
J I LOVE to watch my two boys play golf!  They both have amazing talent!
J  I went to first grade in Cairo, Egypt.
  J I went through an alternative certification program to get my teaching certificate.  I also have a B.B.A. degree in General Business
J I love to read!  (a teacher who loves to read, imagine that . . .)
J I am a night owl and would love it if school started at 10 am. (not a morning person)
J I am in the process of giving up Diet Dr. Pepper.  I went 5 days and caved by giving myself a treat which turned into two.  I am now back on track.

3) Pass this award on to 15 newly discovered blogs.
OK, I am sorry.  I have looked and looked for someone who hasn't gotten this award and am still looking. I apologize for not following through.  (I am currently working on a lesson I am teaching at our service center and that is taking up ALL my extra time.)  This will have to be a "work in progress."



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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, girl! I'm glad you and your kiddos enjoyed the activities!

    Is it weird that I actually like the way astronaut ice cream tastes?! Ha!

    Happy weekend!

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