My kiddies have been loving our unit on the solar system and I have to admit that I'm having a lot of fun with it to! We love exploring each of the planets in our solar system, creating craters in the sand like on the moon, and demonstrating how eclipses work with flashlights and our globe.
I don't know about you, but our science text book is outdated...like really, really outdated. This is especially difficult with the solar system since so many things have changed! Enter: Boy We Were Wrong About the Solar System!
To kick off our solar system unit I read Kathleen Kudlinski's informational book that covers from the early greek astronomers, to Isaac Newton, up to the demotion of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet. It's a great text that clues readers into how we are always making new discoveries in science and changing our thinking of what we know.
Poor Pluto, was a Young Authors Award winner, written and illustrated by third-grade students is another beloved read aloud for this unit. The illustrations hand-drawn by the third grade students and simple story line are so enjoyable! In the story a third grade class welcomes Pluto to be a part of their room, since he is no longer a planet. In the end, they decide it's best for Pluto to return to the solar system. Adorable, fun, and the it ignites a lot of students into wanting to write their own stories!
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