Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Science Standards: Day and Night


In Science, we have been learning about how the earth rotates around the sun, how the moon rotates around the earth, and how the earth rotates like a slowly spinning top. And because the Earth moves this way, day and night create a pattern every 24 hours. You might think that learning these concepts would be too much for kindergarten students but they are very interested in learning about it. One activity was having a student holding a globe while another walked around him representing path of the moon. Another activity was holding a flashlight and slowly moving the globe to show how day and night happen. The standard states that students recognize that day and night are a pattern. After the activities, students created their own day and night pictures and we taped them together representing the continuous pattern of day and night.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Michael was telling us recently that the sun moves around the earth and I wondered why he knew that -- I thought he must have read it in a book or something. I had no idea this would be covered in kindergarten. How cool!
-Leanne Prendergast

Anonymous said...

This blog post helps. Joey lined us all up in the family room, flashlight and all and recreated the lesson from class - with commentary (as you can impagine). Movement helped him understand the concepts. Cool that he could translate that concept for us at home! -Karen

Lourdes said...

Science in Kindergarten- That's "Out of this World". You're the best teachers in the UNIVERSE!

Ms. Symons and Ms. Wickert said...

This makes sense. Lauren was also explaining to me the other day about day and night. Too cute! Loving she is using such great vocabulary. Thanks!