Since both first and fourth grade science students were studying day and night and moon phases, Ms. Emily created an opportunity for the two grades to work together. First, fourth graders each made a model of Earth, the moon, and solar system. Then the fourth grade students had to teach the first graders how the model worked and help them create their own model.
Ms. Emily said that listening to the older students explain how the moon orbits around Earth and the difference between rotation and revolution was priceless!
Fourth graders completed their unit study of the phases of the moon by creating a moon mobile. They collected a piece of wood from TOLC! then cut out the eight phases of the moon. Students painted each cutout with iridescent or glow in the dark paint before assembling their mobile. Students were eager to take them home and hang them from the ceiling.