This outer space themed unit is made up of activities you can use to support young learners through math, literature, science and physical/health. They are designed for pre-k and kindergarten and there activities for different parts of your day: large group time, small group time and free choice (independent use).
♥♥ And the part I love most - there are illustrated planet posters you can hang in your classroom to get kids excited about outer space. ♥♥
I have included a clickable table of contents that provides a picture and brief description of each activity, making it organized and easy to navigate (see preview).
Table of Contents:
Book recommendations - Picture books fiction and non-fiction
Outer space puzzles with numbers - Two banner-like puzzles where students arrange ten frame number posters into numerical order, flip over and reveal an outer space picture. Skills practiced: know number names and count sequence, compare numbers
Roll, write, and draw aliens - Students will draw a picture of an alien. The number of body parts (i.e. eyes, arms, legs) will be determined by the roll of a dice. Skills practiced: Count to tell the number of objects.
Outer space cutting puzzles - Eight printable puzzles where a student will cut out the puzzle pieces and assemble them onto a mat. Skills Practiced: Know number names and count sequence | Count to tell the number of objects | Compare numbers | Fine motor coordination
Rocket alphabet cards - There are 26 rockets, meant to be cut in half. Each piece contains an uppercase letter and it’s corresponding lowercase letter. Students need to match the pieces together. There is also an image on each rocket that matchings the letters’ sound. Skills practiced: Print Concepts | Phonics and Word Recognition
Outer space word wall - Word labels with corresponding pictures and definitions of things commonly discussed in space themed lesson plans. If word walls are too advanced for your students they can be used for your reference when trying to provide a simple explanation for abstract ideas. Skills practiced: Craft and Structure | Print Concepts | Vocabulary Acquisition and Use | Phonics and Word Recognition
Exploring shapes in space book - Each student will make a simple book exploring shapes in space, and becoming familiar with outer space themed words. Skills practiced: Reading key ideas and details | Craft and Structure | Role of an Illustrator | Phonics and word recognition | Counting to tell the number of objects | Identify and describe shapes
Outer space hidden pictures with daubers - Students use daubers to reveal a hidden space-themed picture using letters: Ll, Oo, Dd, Bb, Gg and Ff. Skills practiced: Phonics and Word Recognition
Astronaut mask - Astronaut mask that can be printed a few times and placed in a dramatic play area as a class set or use the black and white version that can be colored by students, cut out and taken home. Skills practiced: Speaking and listening | Expresses self in different roles and mediums
Planet posters - Planet posters for class decor and an added activity where students go on a space exploration, to find planets listed on their checklist (by matching pictures). Skills Practiced: Print in everyday life| Use a combination of drawing, and approximating letters to represent ideas about a topic.
Mission control center and rocket ship décor elements - Magnetic board printable meant to simulate the Mission Control Center for dramatic play. Skills practiced: Speaking and listening | Expresses self in different roles and mediums
Blast off! Transition Activity - This activity is meant for transitions (i.e. large group time to go line up). Each student will have a rocket card with a number on it. The teacher and students will count off each student to go line up “3-2-1 Blast off!” Skills practiced: Count to tell the number of objects
Space Cadet Program - Welcome to the Space Cadet Program! This program is a series of activities space cadets must do in order to become an astronaut. These activities are written out (with visual cues) on a checklist: practice math, be a certain height, exercise, eat healthy and be able to live in a small space. Content Area: Dramatic Play | Language Arts | Mathematics | Physical Education | Nutrition
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