Space Case! And a 100th Day Sneak!

Okay, I'm behind...very behind. I have the most wonderful student teacher working in my classroom this month, and I seem to be a bit of a crazy person trying to balance everything (some may debate that I *might* be crazy most of the time, haha!). Anyway, I mentioned a little space freebie a few weeks ago, and that never happened. Well, it did, but I didn't post it :(. So, here are some pics from our space unit and a little freebie...

Here is our Moon facts chart...

And here is one of the ever-exciting moon rock models that we made. We combined about 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, water, black paint, and lots of glitter to make these babies! The kids molded them into rocks, added craters and a little moondust (more flour and glitter). They had so much fun, and they did a little writing activity detailing the adventure of "discovering" their moon rock. By the way, the glitter (which is my personal favorite part) is supposed to represent the sun's light reflecting off of the moon. :)

This next idea came from my super-smart teaching neighbor...we made craters in the moon dust by dropping objects onto a plate of flour--simple, and to the point! Loved it!

Of course, we had to make the oreo models of the moon's phases...

And here comes the freebie, which was inspired by this pin...

All you need for this moon model is some paper and three and easy! These models really helped my kiddos to grasp the concepts of night and day, eclipses, and how the earth rotates throughout the year.
By the way, I would really recommend using regular printer paper instead of cardstock--the cardstock is too hard for little hands to put the brads through! Trust me! :) Just click the picture below to download the Sun, Moon, and Earth Model template.
Since finishing space, we celebrated the 100th day in Superhero Style! It was soooo much fun! I'm working on editing/uploading my unit this week, but here is a little sneak peek at my Hundredth Day Heroes in action!

Have a great rest of the week!


  1. Phases of the moon in Oreo filling is about the neatest thing I've seen all week. I will got to sleep smiling tonight...thank you! a.

  2. I LOVE your SUN, MOON, Earth model!
    And its a freebie!
    You are fabulous!
    Thank you!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  3. Thank you for sharing. These are so cute!

  4. I LOVE all your ideas! This is my first year teaching JOURNEYS and I am VERY OVERWHELMED. I feel like there is SO much and such LITTLE TIME. I am trying to find ways in which to integrate the writing and grammar. Do you have a blog or recommendations as it seems you are doing this very well. Thank you, Michelle

  5. love your sun, moon and earth model! has really helped with my lesson for tomorrow! thank you!!

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