Recently we wrapped up our lesson on the moon. Skipper was certainly inspired to become an astronaut after this lesson!
We worked together and made a moon viewer:
On clear nights, the boys check out what phase the moon is in and mark it on their charts. On cloudy nights, we use our wall clock which also shows the moon phase. (We also used the Internet to fill in gaps on those days I was sick.) The boys are charting the month for one cycle and they are just about done.
All the kids joined in on making a 2D moon art project. The kids traced around an upside-down bowl to form a circle on dark card stock. I mixed some flour in with some gesso (white paint would be fine) and they painted in their moons. Using a plastic bottle lid, they formed craters. Once dry, golden stars were added.
One Sweet Sunday the boys attempted making a "chart" of the moon's cycle using Kinnitoos gluten-free chocolate cookies (think Oreos) but it did not really work. The cream did not come clean like it does with Oreos. But it was still fun and yummy!
Two additional activities I came across but did not do are: a moon flip book of the moon's phases (more of an art project) and why the moon stays in orbit around the earth.
Now, it's off to Mars!