Thursday, May 30, 2013

Star Wars Unit study and a fun Sun craft

For this term we are learning all about STAR WARS!!! The children are having a great time finding out about characters, different types of space craft and have even watched the first (well officially number 4) Star Wars movie. This is how our week unfolds.....
Monday: MUSIC - Look at John Williams and transpose/listen to his famous movie scores. (these include E.T, Jaws, Home Alone etc)
Tuesday: CHARACTER STUDY and STORY WRITING: Children chose a Star Wars character and write about them, including pictures. Write a story (continue to add to it) about your own space adventure.
Wednesday: SPACE study- I have THIS BOOK and we are going through the last section of it. Includes extra activities which is cool!!
Thursday: SPACE CRAFT/ART- learn about the different space craft we have like the Hobble telescope, International space station etc (watch a clip related to it which you can find heaps HERE!)
Look at famous art related to Stars, Moon, night time and do craft.
Friday: WAR/HISTORY - look at Wars from our time and add them to the time line

On Thursday with the craft I've found some great ideas which I've pinned HERE. We've started off by doing a Sun picture (which was something we covered in the Space study)
I got the girls to try and make the solar flares coming off the sun! We used a medicine syringe to "splat" the flares/gas on their suns! Very fun!!

 Now for Esther's turn to make her sun
 Adding the "rays" and now also the solar flares

What are you doing this term? Can you believe how fast the year is flying by??
Hope you're enjoying your school year!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, May 17, 2013

Autumn time display

 With my absolute FAVOURITE time of the year here I've been setting up some learning centers for the children. I've borrowed some books from the library, put out some paper and crayons for rubbings (already been used!!) and made a beautiful display of Autumn colour that I picked up from around our neighbour-hood!

 Then near the Kitchen I have another small display of branches from deciduous trees with the word spelled out in scrabble letters! I love this idea, I saw this in a cute little gift shop last year in Penguin!
Are you enjoying this wonderous time of the year??? Ohhh I am!!!!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nursery Rhyme Unit study week #7 - Goosey, Goosey Gander

When we studied this rhyme it was just after Easter, so it worked well to go with the theme of eggs and after all Geese lay eggs!
Hannah chose this rhyme and found it very interesting the HISTORY HERE and HERE behind it. I borrowed lots of wonderful picture books from the Library for the little girls on Geese which I read each day of the week and we went out and found a goose at one of the local parks. It was soooo cool to study how it moved compared to the ducks and how big it was. It was super cool to have one so close and brought the whole week together!

Smiles The Torrents'