After taking a week off and having another week off for spring break, we finally got back in the swing of things this week and started our unit on space. I'm not sure why space is totally fun, but it is. The kids already dig it as a topic so we're in for a fun time.
Rachel and I have an idea that we are going to try and structure this unit as a musical, with songs, dances, and a script that ties things together. We're building the plane as we're flying it on this one, so we'll see what actually happens.
This week was short due to workdays and a snow day, but I wrote a song about the phases of the moon to go along with their curriculum. I recorded it and Rachel put together a video to go along with it. It turned out great! The kids sing it while doing some arm motions to help them remember the different moon phases.
Then the students paired up and started researching a planet. The end goal is that student partners will write two seven-syllable lines that they can rap as part of a song about the solar system. I've written a chorus that we can sing together. That will be for next week!
Here's the moon phases video Rachel and collaborated on! I did the song, she did all the video work. It turned out great!