Astronomy
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The Moon- Astronomy Lessons For Preschool

We have already shot for the stars, the sun, and the planets, and today we land on the moon with our little ones.  This day can invite conversation on physics concepts such as light and gravity through play and hands-on exploration.   

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Daily Warm Up:

Silly Songs:

  • The More We Get Together
  • 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Planets..
  • Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
  • Clap Your hands as slowly/quickly as you can

Once again, we will read our featured book of the week. Although is is available on YouTube, I appreciated having the book at arms lengths for the children to explore, reference, and enjoy through out the entire week. You can find the book on Amazon here.   

Day 4 The Moon

The moon does not produce light like the sun or other stars, it instead glows because it is reflecting the sun light.  So, as it spins, the way we see its shadow makes it appear that it is morphing its own shape. Feel free to pull out a light source, flash light, lamp, projector, etc.  Dim the lights in the room and let’s play with Shadow.  What is happening?  What are our observations?

The Activity

Supplies: I found a great free resource at TPT More Time 2 Teach where the kids actually get to manipulate the orbit of the moon and the Earth around the Sun. The kids color, cut, and the caretaker places the brad through to create the revolving effect. Easy-peasy, and a whole lot of fun!

Additional Activities

Moon Phases

When B was young, and having to travel from state to state between mom and dad he took his Uncle Milton moon in My Room, it creates a soft glowing light that allows not only comfort, but is light weight and has a remote where the child can change the moon through its phases.

Astronauts

Dress up like an astronaut and discuss the functions of the suit and helmet.  Find a NASA inspired toy rocket and explore the shape, the interior (if you can) and the exterior parts.  Make some guesses and suggestions of what life is like on the rocket, and why is it designed the way it is.

Gravity

Why do we land back on Earth each time we jump? Gravity.  So how much force does it require for a rocket to leave Earth’s atmosphere?

   

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