Friday, 8 March 2013

Science lessons

We are continuing to study Space with our friends and over the past several weeks we have done the following activities.  We are using Real Science 4 Kids as our spine but once again doing our own experiments.

we looked at convex and concave lenses

Constructed our own Newtonian telescope

Learned about triangulation and how to measure distances and heights using a protractor

Looked at the orbit of earth and the moon

Iced cookies to the different phases of the moon

and then ate them:)

My friend made a round cake to represent earth  I thought this was such a great idea:)!!!

and the kids made mini moons out of marzipan and while using a slide projector for the sun (light) was able to show the many phases of the moon

I found this great photo on Pinterest to visualize the concept of planet size here 

Next we used measurements found in our workbook to measure out the distance between the planet in relation to the sun

We played a Space Jeopardy game to see what the kids remembered about all they have learned so far.

We are having a great time exploring space and learning along side our friends and I am amazed at the many wonderful learning experiences we had been able to provide for the children in order to help them learn:)


  1. Now we are on the same page. We have also been studying moon phases and astronomy with a friend. Last week the kids made their own telescopes. How ironic.

    1. how fun, I think we have very similar home schooling styles with our science and history:)

  2. Awesome lesons. I love the planet cake. What a creative way of learning.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. Fantastic ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Wow! I love your hands on science this week. Thanks for sharing :-)


  5. Any science experiment that involves a pink unicorn rocks in my world! You guys sure do some fun experiments!

  6. I agree, these are great ideas for studying the solar system!

  7. Very cool and very jealous of your homeschool group! Will vicariously live through yours. :)