Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mercury

We've been learning about Mercury!
The kids make a cover page for each section of their astronomy notebook. For their Mercury page, I cut a synthetic sponge into a circle and they stamped it onto the page with gray paint. This gave the picture a nice crater-effect.
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Lapbook pieces from JFeliciano.
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They learned about how round craters are formed by irregular asteroids by dropping rocks into a bowl of flour.
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Making a salt dough model of Mercury.
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We have yet to see Mercury in the sky. When we were camping, though, some astronomers from UT were there at the park with some really big telescopes and a slide show. The sky was amazing and we were able to see other planets, galaxies, and neat stars.

Their Mercury narrations:

Miah's Mercury Page
Mercury doesn't have much atmosphere. the light from the sun goes straight down, so it looks dark. Mercury is closest to the sun. It goes in an oval. It is the smallest planet. I made Mercury out of dough. How you make it is: flour and oil, salt and water. I mixed it all up with my hands, and then I made it into a ball. Then I poked some holes in it to make it look like Mercury. The holes were for the craters.

Larkin's Mercury Page
Mercury is the fastest planet. Mercury has lots of craters. Mercury is terrestrial. Mercury is the smallest planet. It goes around the sun like an oval. It's the closest to the sun. The Romans named Mercury after their false god.

Larkin always likes to give me his narration first so he doesn't forget anything. Miah likes to go second to hear what Larkin has to say.

My favorite part of each chapter is the section that explains how the particular planet or celestial body supports creationism. For example, the sun actually gets a little hotter every year. If it existed billions of years ago, it would have been 30% cooler, which means the earth would have been completely frozen and unable to support any life. Mercury's lack of atmosphere allows it to be hit with thousands of asteroids, resulting in thousands of crater. However, some parts of Mercury have no craters. If it was sitting out there in space for billions of years, the chances of there being any craterless areas is next to zero. I love learning that kind of information!

"We search the world for truth; we cull
The good, the pure, the beautiful,
From all old flower fields of the soul;
And, weary seekers of the best,
We come back laden from our quest,
To find that all the sages said
Is in the Book our mothers read."
- John Greenleaf Whittier

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." - Genesis 1:1

4 comments:

  1. I love the way you do your learning! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I love that quote at the bottom...art camp looks so cool and I love the mercury studies!!! Way to tie in creation too...

    Blessings, Sarah!!

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  3. Thank you again, and coming back to you--One Lovely Blog Award!

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  4. I am always impressed with the neat projects and lessons you do with the kids. Thank you for sharing them with others. I learn something every time. You're doing a great job, Sarah!!!

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