Right now, we’re smack dab in the middle of our constellation unit. It’s one of my favorites because it combines the science of learning about stars, but the fun of the stories of constellations. The kids love the idea that there are imaginary pictures in the sky and the creativity of trying to make up their own. It was a blast last year and I couldn’t wait to try some new things this year now that we each had our iPads.
It’s always fun to pass out constellation flashcards, pictures of both the stars of how they really look in the sky, and the matching “picture” of the constellation. The kids cut out the cards and match them together.
Last year at this point, I passed out white boards and markers. The kids drew the constellations on the white boards and it worked out great.
But this year…. iPads! We opened the Doceri app to draw these sky pictures.
You’ll notice all their background colors in Doceri are switched to black. Was this my idea? No, although I wish I thought of it because it’s so brilliantly perfect.
I just told the kiddlets to open Doceri and use a black color to draw the constellations and stars. But one little friend raised his hand and asked if we could change the background color to black and then use a white marker to draw with. Um, YES! I love it when they have these great ideas- things I NEVER would think of that make the lesson so much better. I love my little kiddos 🙂
So, the kids had the pictures of the constellations in front of them, and they practiced drawing both the way they stars look, as well as the imaginary picture. It was a lot of fun and got them more familiar with the constellations in the sky. Plus, it’s a skill to be able to re-create something. It was a lot of focused fun as they had to count the amount of stars, try to draw them in the correct places, and talk about what they were drawing.
Thanks for checking in to our adventure. Be sure to check back soon!