“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver


Friday, 28 March 2014

Out of this world Science Stations!

the moon.

Picture of Moon Phases board from Teachingisagift.blogspot.ca
I love to teach about Space.  This is the Moon Phases board I created.  Students put their head through the middle and rotate the board counterclockwise to "see" the phases of the moon.  This year I attached labels of each phase, so that when students were viewing the moon face, they could confirm their ideas.
Picture of Moon Phases with Oreos Investigation
Students love to model the phases of the moon with Oreo cookies.
This year I had my colleague Steve Lang come from the Canadian Space resource center and teach the students about Canadian Astronauts and their contribution to space exploration.  He also organizes a Space Day each year.  Students from a local high school present a variety of hands-on astronomy concepts to students in grade six from across the board.  The event is so popular that they are holding 6 space days this year!  My student teacher did an excellent job of teaching many of the main concepts from the curriculum during her teaching block and we are lucky to have Brian Cheney from Cosmic Connections come and host a Star Party for our students and their families. Brian brings special telescopes with him and sets them up in our school yard during the day and evening.  Students and their families get the opportunity to view the planets and moon in a way in which many have never had the opportunity. 
Picture of Cosmic Connections Star Party
    


Picture of Space a Science Stations Unit


Picture of Space a Science Stations Unit


Picture of Space a Science Stations Unit

For this station students were asked to draw a representation of the lunar cycle.  It was an excellent way for me to see if they had retained what had been taught in class and when they had created moon phases flip books at home.

Picture of Phases of the Moon Flipbook by Teachingisagift.blogspot.ca
Click on the image above to download your own copy.

Picture of Space a Science Stations Unit

Picture of Space a Science Stations Unit


Picture of Space a Science Stations Unit

Picture of Space a Science Stations Unit





Picture of 4 x 6 Signs for Stations





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