Friday, March 2, 2012

Polygon-o-rama and solar systemania!

Our polygon game. Children can use this material as a 1, 2, or 3 person game. Children spin the spinner and then connect the polygons to create shapes. Sometimes the children draw what they make on the chalkboard or on paper as an extension to this game.

This is our polygon work. It consists of popsicle sticks and a chart of some simply polygons: triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon. I found this material on Counting Coconuts. This has been my latest inspiration for making materials for our classroom.

Friends at Namaste have been enjoying embroidery and sewing. With this material children can make up their own constellations by connecting the stars or they can follow a constellation from the book.

Some of the friends painted these planets for our solar system work. Children can then sing the solar system song: (in the tune of Puff the Magic Dragon)
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and la, la, la, la, la (used to be Pluto)
These are all 8 planets that revolve around the sun. They are found in outer space and now our song is done!

Solar system laid out.
The control card above the mat helps children remember the order of the planets.