I am always excited when a teacher invites me to their classroom to share the excitement of learning. This week I had the great pleasure of being invited back to a grade one room I have visited several times before. Thanks so much to S.F. for trusting me enough to include me, inviting me to your classroom and for being willing to share your learning.

We spent some time searching for the perfect photograph to hit all the curricular areas she wanted to address. She had an idea of where she wanted to go curricular wise,knew what interested her kids and here are the results of this Space Inquiry.

The essential question was-

What attributes might aliens need to live on other planets?   How/why might these attributes be different from humans’ basic needs?


K-W-L charts   What We Know                            What We Want to Know charts

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Space Poetry

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Some of the word study taught through the vocabulary in the photo:

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Science outcomes covered-

Analyze different ways in which plants, animals, and humans interact with various natural and constructed environments to meet their basic needs. [CP, DM, SI]

This was taught by looking at what astronauts need in space, what I need on earth,what an alien would need to live on the planet…

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Students studied the planets, designed an alien life form and considered what its needs would be to live on their chosen planet. The class also worked with the teacher librarian to develop this work. This carried the inquiry into art as well. Art was incorporated through the design of an alien and research on planets.

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Many class discussion ensued and it was obvious that it was sometimes difficult for the children to understand the difference between wants and needs. The activity below was for teacher assessment.

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Some of the sentences the students “shook out” from their photograph for practicing fluency, practicing the commonly used words and categorizing for paragraph writing were:

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In Social Studies, an understanding of  maps and globes is a required concept.

Outcome: DR1.4

Recognize globes and maps as representations of the surface of the Earth, and distinguish land and water masses on globes and maps.

Looking at the earth from above in the space photograph was a great starting point. Students also studied maps of the classroom, school and where they live.

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The children had so much to tell me about their learning-they were bubbling with excitement. Here is part of their What We Learned chart !!!

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I can’t wait to see where they go next!!