They have wondered about and observed the various phenomena that the Sun and Moon create and have gathered a number of facts about the solar system and its planets. We have watched a number of videos that have explained the Earth’s position in the solar system, it’s rotation around the Sun and the moon orbiting the Earth. These facts have been used in Book Creator to exhibit their understanding and knowledge about Planet Earth and to answer their own research questions.
The students are able to share their understandings by recreating the solar system, making models of the planets and acting out a play about Maui and the Sun, which explains the phenomena of why the sun moves slowly across the sky.
Maui and the Sun
The students have been able to find some interesting facts about how our days of the week have been named after planets and the Maori name for the planets. This has been a very engaging topic for the students and one that they have really enjoyed.
Te Ramaroa - I liked acting out Maui and the Sun. We saw movies about the planets, sun and moon. We learnt from the movies that the sun is a star and not a planet.
Zoe - I liked learning about making the planets out of playdough and clay because we used different colours to make it look like the planets. I made mars which was red and has a lot of craters on it. I also found out that gravity holds us down so we can walk around.
Isobel - I learnt about how the sun and moon move across the sky and the Maori for the planets. I liked helping whaea Ange make the large paper planets that hang from our ceiling in the classroom. They are in the correct order like our solar system.
Emily - I enjoyed this term because we were learning about the Sun, Moon and Solar System. I learnt that the planets are made up of gases which can give them different colours like Neptune which is a light blue colour or Mars which is a red colour.
Keywords: Inquiry, Reading, Arts, Student Voice, History, Science, Technology.