Unit Study: Kindergarten Space Adventure

Age and Grade Requirements

  • Age: 5-6 years old
  • Grade: Kindergarten

Goals

By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:

  1. Explore the concept of space, planets, and the solar system.
  2. Understand the roles of astronauts and space exploration.
  3. Develop creativity through space-themed arts and crafts activities.
  4. Enhance scientific curiosity through hands-on experiments related to space.
  5. Gain exposure to basic concepts of science, technology, engineering, and geography related to space.

Schedule (5 Days)

Day 1: Introduction to Space

  • Introduction to the concept of space and its vastness
  • Identify and discuss basic elements of the solar system (sun, planets, stars)
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Starry Night” paintings using sponges and paint

Day 2: Exploring Planets

  • Focus on planets: Discuss different planets in our solar system
  • Learn about unique characteristics of each planet (size, color, features)
  • Science experiment: Create “Edible Planets” using fruits and different-sized snacks

Day 3: Astronauts and Space Exploration

  • Explore the role of astronauts: Discuss their jobs and experiences in space
  • Learn about space exploration and famous space missions (e.g., Apollo 11)
  • Arts and crafts: Create astronaut helmets using paper plates

Day 4: Moon and Stars

  • Focus on the moon and stars: Discuss their appearance and importance
  • Engage in moon-related activities, such as moon phases and moon craters
  • Reading a related storybook

Day 5: Space Travel and Culmination

  • Discuss the idea of space travel and future possibilities
  • Geography component: Explore space-related locations, like Kennedy Space Center
  • Culmination activity: Create a “Space Adventure Story” where students draw themselves in a space setting

Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)

  1. “There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System” by Tish Rabe Amazon Link
  2. “If You Decide to Go to the Moon” by Faith McNulty Amazon Link
  3. “Mae Among the Stars” by Roda Ahmed Amazon Link

Recommended Video Links

  1. National Geographic Kids: “Tour of the Planets” YouTube Link
  2. StoryBots: “How Do Planets Orbit the Sun?” YouTube Link
  3. Sesame Street: “Elmo’s World: Space” YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts Activity

Create “Edible Planets”: Allow students to arrange fruits and snacks to represent the different planets in the solar system.

Science Experiment

“Moon Craters”: Use flour and a marble to simulate the formation of craters on the moon’s surface.

Culmination Activity

Create a “Space Adventure Story” where students draw themselves as astronauts on a space mission, describing their imaginary journey.

Bible Connection

Discuss the concept of creation and the vastness of the universe as mentioned in the Bible, exploring passages that emphasize God’s creative power and the marvels of the cosmos (e.g., Psalm 19:1-4, Genesis 1:14-19).

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