Fly Me to the Moon

Happy weekend, sweet friends!!  We’re in Houston celebrating my grandparent’s 55th wedding anniversary.  They are SO dang cute!  They’re treating the family to a murder mystery dinner cruise around the bay tonight :)  A night without the kids?!  Yes please!!  So sorry for my recent absence on the blogging scene lately…and I’m especially sad about my lack of Wandering Wednesday this week.  Y’all…life is crazy and I needed to devote my nights to being a mommy :)  And I don’t regret it one bit!  Anywho…these last few weeks have been jammed packed, so I’ll be updating quite a bit in the days to come.  Over the last two weeks, we’ve been observing changes in the moon and we’ve had SO much fun!!!! 

We started our study using Abby’s Over the Moon Unit…making a Moon Facts book, making Mooncake, creating Moon Goons, and launching spoons!  The kids LOVED it!!  I’ve been slacking on taking pictures, so I don’t have any to share, but y’all…it was fun!  We also incorporated tons of activities from my newest unit, Moon Mania, that the kids really enjoyed, too!

When we introduced our moon study, we made a fun little moon anchor chart to hang in our science center.

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The kids used the facts we collected to add to their Moon Facts Book {from Abby’s unit…keeping in our Science journals}.  We also made a little “Moon Matter of Facts” craftivity that the kids AH-dored.  The kids had to write 3 facts and then watercolor a moon.  We used glue to make the craters, let it dry, and then painted over it. 

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The kids kept themselves busy during our “dailies” this week with lots of hands-on moon themed literacy activities.  We put space themed pictures & words in ABC order, recorded them, and used those words to create sentences.

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We labeled a space scene using word cards as a spelling resource…

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We also sequenced the phases of the moon and then made moon mobiles & labeled each phase to reinforce what we learned.

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The kids did a little handwriting craftivity where they copied a poem and then made the Man in the Moon with aluminum foil.

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In Math, we made craters on the moon with addition facts…

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We also sorted even & odd numbers, played fun moon-themed math games, and did a little moon measurement activity, too! {no pictures :( BOO}.

We talked about compound words and learned new vocabulary, too!  We made these fun little flip books to show what we learned.

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One of our fun Sci Fri activities was making moon craters!!  SOOOO much fun!!  The kids LOVED it!

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We also started sending home our MOON BAG!!!  My class is OBSESSED!!!!

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All of these activities…plus lots more…are in my newest unit, Moon Mania.  If you’re interested in reading about what’s included in the 76 page unit, you can check it out HERE.

In other news, I broke down and started a little Facebook page for The First Grade Parade.  I figured it would be a fun way to get to put a face with y’alls names :)  I’m not promising I’ll be great at updating it, but I’ll try! 

13 comments:

  1. Love your unit, Cara! My firsties will be learning about objects in the sky soon...so thanks for the great ideas!

    Gladys
    http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

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  2. I love this! It's already in my cart. :)

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  3. I love your moon unit! I teach 5th grade and we just finished studying the universe. In order to learn the phases of the moon, we used oreos - it was a blast! Check it out on my *brand new* teaching blog: http://fantasticfifthgrade.wordpress.com It's still in the works, but I'm excited about sharing (and getting!) ideas from my room!

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  4. I love your unit! Heck, I love all the units you do! It really compliments the one I have on my blog. Let me know if you'd like to do a give away together! =)

    Rebecca
    Teaching First

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  5. I think I have said this to you recently, but I just love reading your blog. I teach the older guys, but it is so fun to see all of the creative and meaningful lessons you do with your little ones. I look forward to each post! Have fun at the cruise, sounds awesome!
    Kristen

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  6. Hey Cara,

    I love you blog and wish I taught 1st grade so I could do some of the things you do. I always take your ideas and tweak them to fit my third grade curriculum.

    Question: What program do you use to make your worksheets and stuff?

    I have downloaded all the cute fonts but would love to know where I can find the cute backgrounds and borders. Or if there is a program like print shop that will allow me to do some stuff.

    Thanks,

    Yvette

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  7. Perfect timing... we are just beginning our moon study. Do you have the Steven Kellogg book... If you decide to go to the moon... it is adorable!!! Thanks for sharing your talents!!
    Lory
    Lory's Page

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  8. You always have such fun ideas! I subscribe & always look forward to seeing what you've come up with =-)

    I just did a moon theme with my kiddos... in case you're interested:
    http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/09/m-is-for-moon.html

    Beth

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  9. You're so darn creative woman! I love the moon unit… we will be doing the moon and space at the end of the year so I will definitely need your unit then!
    -Morgan
    http://firstgradefresh.blogspot.com/

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  10. Your classroom just looks like so much fun. I'm sure your kids are thrilled to be in your class!

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  11. this is AWESOME!i HOPPED here from your other blogs, via a friend's LIKE on fb... have you ever done the phases of the moon w/ open oreo cookies? SO cute!! use the creamy filling to make the moon phases!

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  12. How did you make the moon dough? Love the anchor chart too!

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  13. I love this unit!!! LOVE it! I'm also falling in love with the font you used in "The Moon" book and "It's a Moon Thing". (The one that begins the sentence frames). Can you share what it is called? I haven't seen it in any of your other packets.

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