Katie Grace’s Main Lesson: Astronomy

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We’re starting Astronomy!

Next week I’ll share some activities, but I thought I would start by sharing some resources. I’d love to hear your ideas for great sun, moon, stars, and planet resources as well!

The Science Explorer Out and About from The Exploratorium has some great ideas. We enjoyed the shadow tracing yesterday!

Sunshine Makes the Seasons is a great early reader for primary grade kids. It also includes the awesome orange experiment you see pictured at the beginning of this post.

I adore our old Childcraft annuals I was lucky enough to purchase at a thrift store. The World and Space book is definitely getting good use!

Exploring Space: Using Seymore Simon’s Astronomy Books in the Classroom is a great accompaniment to all the Seymore Simon books we have. There are some really unique ideas in this book.

We’ve actually collected quite a few picture books on space over the year, and it would take me all night to list them all. We have some great picture books as well, including Sun Bread, Arrow to the Sun, If You Decide to Go to the Moon, Papa Please Get the Moon for Me, Owl Moon, and The Sea of Tranquility.

And of course, there are stories to tell “from the heart” as well. So far, we’ve enjoyed Aesop’s fable about the sun and the wind and some made up stories about sunbeams.