2nd Annual Space Day

Sooooo, it's that time of year again! Last year my first grade team did such a spectacular job piloting a Space Day for our Arabic students, and creating amazing hands on activities that we decided to kick it up a notch this year. Last year Space Day was only done by the English/Western teachers in first grade, but seeing what a success it was our Arabic teacher decided to get involved this year. With a staff of 7 teachers and 2 grade level coaches, and some help from an incredible group of Arabic mothers, we put together a phenomenal 2nd Annual Space Day.

(Please note that 3 weeks of space content was covered prior to Space Day, including planets, stars, moon, and astronauts so that the students were familiar with the new vocabulary and content.)

The day started with the students arriving in their astronaut outfits and meeting with their teacher for the morning. The teachers passed out their Space Books for documenting their astronaut work. We then took the students outside to the morning assembly area, where they were greeted by our principal in full astronaut gear, and got to parade their costumes for the rest of the school. We saw many excited 2nd grade students who had done Space Day with us last year.

After the parade we took all the students to the auditorium for a welcome greeting from our principal. She saluted us all on our brave missions, and then the students watched a NASA launch video. Then we dismissed the students by class to make their way to the Space Day activities, which were set up in our large gymnasium.

Our activities included:

1. Making Tang in a bag (a popular choice from the previous year). The students made the Tang and then wrote the recipe in their space book.

2. Walking on the Moon (another popular choice from the previous year), taking your weight in space, and Jumping on the Moon (a third popular choice from the previous year).

3. Sorting space rocks by color and by size, and measuring their weight with teddy bear manipulatives.

4. A space obstacle course where the students earned a token to spend at the mother-made space shop, and then listening to information about the moon and sun in relation to Islamic religion.

5. Astronaut photo

6. Making a star in space (this activity was put together by our Arabic art teachers).

7. Making and measuring moon craters with astronaut measuring tapes.

Each activity was given 15 minutes for completion, then the students rotated as a class to the next activity. Once Space Day finished the students went back to the classes to change and have lunch. All in all it was a great success, the students were absolutely engaged in what they were doing, and the mothers that came to volunteer and even run an activity were very pleased with the results and privileged to be involved in the exciting day.

Below are the photos of the event. Please also make sure to check out my original post about Space Day from last year for more ideas.












 All set for Space Day!


Parade at morning assembly.






Grade 1 English teachers and coach dressed as astronauts.


"Ready for Launch!"



 




"BLAST OFF!"


Activity 1: Making Tang in a bag


 





Activity 2: Walking on the moon, jumping on the moon, and weight in space.







Activity 3: Sorting and weighing space rocks.











Activity 4: Space obstacle course, store, and Islamic religion.









Activity 5: Astronaut Photo



Activity 6: Making a star with the art teachers.
(These lovely ladies even went a step further and decorated their area with student work that they had done about space...kids were so excited to see it all!) 







Activity 7: Making and measuring moon craters.






Myself (left) and my grade 1 teammate Lauren (right)! 


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