|Big Bang Theory notebook page w/foldable|
With my youngest son in 4th grade, we agreed to do a six week astronomy study. He doesn't enjoy earth science very much, plus he's terrified of the idea of asteroids hitting the earth, alien invasions, black holes, or anything that might threaten life on our planet. Needless to say, I skipped most of those topics and made sure the "life on other planets" day was very light and non-scary. (Not that I succeeded. Even though I thought the alien section was benign, he did NOT.)
Since this isn't a special interest of his, I kept the unit to covering just the basics. (I even committed the cardinal sin of not requiring one of those solar system displays!) I used four different books as spines, with two being the main ones: Usborne Book of Astronomy & Space, and Scholastic Discover More: Planets. I borrowed the other two minor astronomy books from the library. (Not that the DK Space book is minor...it's very thorough! We just didn't use enough of it to justify owning it.) Below is a list of topics we covered during our study:
|Layers of Earth's atmosphere foldable|
Big Bang Theory
Galaxies & the Milky Way
History of skywatching
The Earth (seasons, layers of atmosphere)
The Moon (eclipses & tides)
Comets & meteoroids
Animals in Space
Life on other planets
Hubble telescope & space stations
I've begun utilizing text-mapping with the goal of training my kids to pull out important information from non-fiction text. Our highlighters are color-coded with orange being a new vocabulary word, blue the main idea, yellow supporting details. Or maybe it was yellow the main idea and blue supporting details? Well, you get the picture.
|text-mapping highlighting on the right page|
Little by little, I'm adding notebooking into our history and science studies. The text-mapping ties in nicely with the notebooking technique since it can highlight the information to be summarized on the notebooking page. We did this for our historical astronomer notebooking page...