Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Moon

In case you haven't already heard, we have officially launched our study of the moon in science. Today, students began a month-long Moon Observation Log. Each day we will check the moon phase on the internet and will record it in our logs. I encouraged children to go outside with an adult when it's dark to view the moon. The next 10 days are a terrific time to view the moon because the moon rise happens in the afternoon and the moon set happens after children's bedtimes. This makes it possible to see the moon during the day and at night (provided it's not overcast).

In class, we created a chart of what children THINK they know about the moon before starting our study. I want to be aware of what children already know and of any misconceptions. We will explore books, videos, websites, and do in-class explorations to help children learn more about the moon and it's phases. As we move along in our study, we will continually revisit our chart to confirm or revise the statements children made before we started our unit of study. Students have been VERY enthusiastic about learning about the moon--they are great scientists, I can tell!

1 comment:

  1. How cool that you guys get to learn about the moon! I don't think I learned about the moon until I was much, much older! :) You sure are smart first graders!

    :) Mrs. Gerken