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Integrated Unit- Space (Planets, Stars, and Astronauts) by Mind Map: Integrated Unit- Space (Planets, Stars, and Astronauts)
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Integrated Unit- Space (Planets, Stars, and Astronauts)

Social Studies

Look at planet, star, and astronaut pictures on computer

Discussion on importance of teamwork for astronauts (Practice during astronaut training course)

Examining characteristics of Earth, draw picture of Earth


Cover science center table and explore "space" underneath (black paper, stars, moon, planets, flashlight)

Moon rock samples

Go on a "space mission" as a class (preparing to depart, traveling in space, landing)

Make paper airplanes outside

Make sun prints outside

Group discussion questions throughout unit: Why do we go to space? How do we train to go to space? Where do astronauts take off from and land? How long are they there? How to they sleep? What do they eat? How do they talk with us on earth? What do they see and explore in space? Why can't we live in space? Is there food/air/water/houses/people in space? What are planets? What planet do we live on? What are stars? What is the sun? (And others based on student interest)


Reading and Listening/Books


Phonological Awareness

Mathematics and Manipulatives

Play counting stars game with numeral slots

Complete space puzzles

Measure planets with tape measure

Make a star and moon pattern

Arrange planets by size

Put planets in numerical order 1-8

Create class KWL chart about planets

Create class KWL chart about stars

Creative Arts

Create space shuttle with boxes and plastic (for windows)

Cut stars and paint with glow-in-the-dark paint

Draw planets with different planet characteristics

Stuff and paint moons in different phases with cardstock and newspaper

Create and paint telescopes with paper towel tubes

Make jetpacks with glue/soap bottles and cereal boxes

Make and paint helmets with milk/orange juice jug

Songs: Ten Astronauts Fingerplay, Four Little Stars, Countdown to Blastoff, Astronaut Song, Planet Song, I'm a Little Rocket, Twinkle Twinkle, Star Light Star Bright

Physical Education/Health and Safety

Astronaut training course (jumping, climbing, crawling)

Astronaut food taste test/Comparison between our food and theirs

Make a space safety graph


Black playdough with gold glitter

Black goop with gold glitter

Paper mache planets

Dramatic Play

Space station and space shuttle