The kiddos LOVED this unit and I am so glad we decided to change things up. One of the centers we did was what I named Race Through Space. It is a version of a dice game that we have done with students before, but with a space theme. I have a couple of sets of big foam dice and students thought I was extra cool for letting them use them. (It's the little things, right?) You can see how they filled in the sheet in this picture.
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We played another center that I named Words from Earth or Mars? We talk about nonsense words when we do our Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness and AIMSWeb testing, so I want students to be able to tell the different between real and made-up words. I wrote out a bunch of our sight words and nonsense words on sentence strips and had students sort them in a pocket chart. I made students choose a job- we had a Secretary from Mars (to record Mars words), a Secretary from Earth (to record Earth words), and two Word Hunters (they had to take turns pulling words from the bucket). All the students had to reach an agreement before the word was added to pocket chart and the correct secretary had to add the word to his/her list before the next word was pulled. I was amazed at how smoothly this center ran- the students did an awesome job sorting words and getting along. I would offer you the recording sheet, but I can't seem to find where I saved it. If you want it, just leave a comment or send me a message and I will get it to you when I find it.
Everyone's favorite center during this rotation, was the Alien Make-Over. We printed each students' picture out and then he/she cut out the face. They glued it down and then went to town creating an alien version of themselves. The students loved using glitter glue, goggly eyes, and stickers. (Who wouldn't???) They turned out so stinking cute! We also had each student fill out a star with an "I wish..." phrase on it. We also let the students decorate the mural and then put it in the hallway.
Does anyone else have any cool space ideas for next year?
I'm definitely taking the
boring suggested story out of my rotation again next year.
I'm also Linking Up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for this month's Currently.