Found these star-shaped tater-tots at Target for 3 bucks and just had to put them to use. The boys had been drawing the basic outline of the 12 main Zodiac signs on index cards already so I had them copy their drawings using the star-tots and ketchup on a plate. Nothing like being able to eat your own homework!
This week we learned about galaxies like the Milky Way. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy. Only spiral galaxies can support life and only on the outer arms. That is where our solar system is (Titus, 9 1/4).
We learned about the different shapes of galaxies. We made our own galaxies with glitter and glue. Mine was a spiral galaxy and so was Ti’s. Nate’s was a barred spiral galaxy and Sam’s was an irregular galaxy. There are also elliptical galaxies but nobody made one of those (Joel, 7 1/20.
We made Sombrero Galaxies out of tortillas and beans and sour cream and cheese. Our friend Sei made one, too. Then we rolled them into burritos and ate them (Nate, almost 6!).
Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
With a house full of boys I don’t have a whole lot of glitter in my life. So when I planned this galaxy project I thought we were safe doing it outside on the picnic table. All of you glitter veterans out there are probably laughing at my ignorance. That stuff is a true scientific wonder. The makers of germ warfare should use it as a model. I’ve never seen anything spread so quickly or so thoroughly onto and into every square inch of our persons and household. And showering doesn’t help either. It even showed up on the Sombrero Galaxies we made later. One of our neighbors joined us for that project. The boys taught their friend, Sei, all about galaxies and Sei’s mom gave them their Japanese lesson in return. A great trade off, I think. I started out teaching the boys German with plans to move onto Latin, because that’s what I knew. But the Lord moved us all onto an island in the middle of the Pacific and now they are learning Hawaiian and Japanese instead, two languages I know nothing about. I have no idea how God is planning on using these languages in their future but I’m sure He has something in mind! Oh, and by the time Sei and his mom left they had glitter on them, too.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Galactic Goody post so I thought I’d share one of our old favorites. When Target has these in-stock AND they are on sale I like to pick up these little space-themed goldfish crackers for a fun snack on the go.
We have also found a fun generic substitute at our local Longs/CVS pharmacy for almost half the price. Their box of crackers only consists of stars but we jazz it up a bit by adding our own “asteroids” (dried cranberries) and “orbits” (cheerios).
A quick astronomy-themed snack for a busy schoolday.