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Exploring the Wonders of the Solar System
Summary: Engage your pre-kindergarten students in a fun and interactive activity that introduces them to the wonders of the solar system.
- Know the names of the eight planets in our solar system
- Understand the concept of the sun as the center of our solar system
- Can identify and describe basic characteristics of each planet
This activity will involve a combination of storytelling, hands-on crafts, and interactive discussions to engage the students in learning about the solar system.
- Picture books about the solar system
- Construction paper
- Glue sticks
- Markers or crayons
- Printed images of the planets
1. Begin by gathering the students in a circle and introduce the topic of the solar system. Show them a picture book that provides an overview of the planets.
2. Engage the students in a discussion about what they already know about the solar system. Ask questions like:
- What is the sun?
- Do you know the names of any planets?
- Have you ever seen the moon?
3. After the discussion, distribute the construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, and markers/crayons to each student.
4. Show the students printed images of the planets and guide them in cutting out the shapes from the construction paper.
5. Once the planets are cut out, have the students glue them onto a large piece of construction paper in the order they are located in the solar system.
6. As the students work on their planet collages, provide additional information about each planet, such as their colors, sizes, and unique features.
7. Encourage the students to decorate their planet collages using markers or crayons.
8. Once the collages are complete, gather the students together and have each student present their planet collage, sharing the name of the planet and one interesting fact about it.
To assess the students' understanding, ask them questions about the solar system during the activity, such as:
- Which planet is closest to the sun?
- Which planet is the largest?
- Can you name one interesting fact about Mars?
Observe the students' engagement and participation throughout the activity to gauge their comprehension of the topic.
This activity aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for pre-kindergarten, specifically in the area of Earth and Space Sciences.