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Solar System

Posted on by Poplar

We’ve had so much fun the past two weeks learning about the Solar System or as we call it, the family of the sun.

We first started by talking about the sun and how it gives us light and heat.  We learned that the sun is a star.  It is just a medium sized star, but it is the closest star to Earth.  That is why it appears so big.

On a side note, we found out that stars do not look like this picture!  They are actually balls of burning gas and dust.

Each day of over the past two weeks we learned about a new planet through song.   It goes to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell.  It is called The Family of the Sun.

Chorus:
The family of the sun
The family of the sun
There are eight planets
In the family of the sun
 
Verses:
Mercury is hot.
Mercury is small.
Mercury has no air to breathe;
 
It’s just a rocky ball.       
Venus has thick clouds
That hide what is below.
The air is foul; the ground is hot.
It rotates very “slow.”
 
We love the Earth, our home
Its oceans and its trees
We eat its food and breathe its air
So no pollution please!
 
Mars is very red.
It’s also dry and cold.
Someday you might visit Mars
If you’re very bold!
 
Jupiter is huge.
We’ve studied it a lot.
We’ve found it has lots of moons
And a great red spot.
 
Saturn has great rings
We wondered what they were
Now we know they’re icy rocks
Which we saw as a blur.
 
Uranus is big.
It’s cold and greenish-blue.        
We found it rotates sideways,
And has a bunch of moons.
 
Neptune’s far away.
It’s big and cold and blue.
The planet has a lot of clouds,
And rings around it, too.

The children had a fun time scooping watermelon balls as a practical life activity.  When they were finished they could choose to eat the fruits of their labor.

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Jillian is working on writing the names of the planets with the movable alphabet.

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Melissa is at circle talking about the planets in our solar system.

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