On Wednesday we were talking about the relationship between the earth, the sun and the moon. We started off by singing the Earth, Moon and Sun song from My Montessori Journey. It’s sung to the tune of Farmer in the Dell. I made my own set of necklaces for the children using Victorian Modern Cursive font. I also wanted to put the songs on the back of the necklaces so I could refer to them if I wanted to. If you’d like a copy click on the image to download.
As we sang 3 children wore the necklaces and moved according to the lyrics. The earth orbited the sun and the moon orbited the earth. Following our songs and dance session we discussed what we already know about the moon. Someone said that the moon is sometimes really pointy on the ends. Another child said that that was called a crescent (which blew me away!). Someone mentioned that there are holes on the moon. I told them that they were called craters and asked if anyone knew how they got there. No-one did so I decided to show them. We went outside and I grabbed an orange from the fruit bowl. We stopped in the sandpit and I told the children that the orange was a meteor that is flying through space. I told them to watch what happens when it hits the moon’s surface (the sandpit) and then I dropped the orange. It left a deep impression in the sand and the children were fascinated. I explained that once the meteor hit the ground it was then called a meteorite. I then asked them to think about why there aren’t lots and lots of craters on the earth. One child said it gets too hot. I told him he was right. When most meteors enter our atmosphere they get hot and break up into smaller harmless particles.
We went back inside and watched the first moon landing on YouTube. We talked about how you need oxygen in space and how you weighed less on the moon so it was like jumping on a giant bouncy castle. Someone said they’d like to visit the moon and I said that maybe by the time they’re my age they will doing trips to the moon. We followed up our discussion with a paper plate activity which went beautifully with the song we sang earlier. We attached the earth to the paper plate with a split pin so it rotates around the earth and then the same with the moon on the earth. We moved them around and sang the song again.
We also painted a paper plate black to make some moon phase inspectors with. On Thursday we put them together. We cut it out and glued it to the paper plate and then attached a popstick so we can hold them up. The idea is to put the moon in the hole and then identify which phase of the moon is currently visible in the night sky. I made a template to print out that would fit onto a 20cm paper plate. If you’d like a copy you can download it by clicking the picture below.