As we continued our project on the states of matter, we found ourselves investigating the state of gas. The children observed the clouds one day outside and one child said that clouds are a gas. Others disagreed and said it was a solid. We wanted to give the children an opportunity to explore this debate, so the next day went back outside to study the clouds. This time a child said, “The moon and the sun can be out at the same time.” We spent the afternoons outside looking for the moon during the daytime. Another child also said, “The moon is not the same every time at night.” We used this discussion to begin an inquiry on the moon phases. While studying the moon the children noticed a satellite around a photo of the moon. The comments that were made were, “It’s like an airplane,” “They can go to other planets,” “They are spinning around looking on earth.”
Because the children became interested in satellites, we chose to extend the satellites as a “thread” to this project. We began to explore the functions and materials of satellites.
When we started watching videos on satellites and its parts the kids listed things they can use to make their very own satellites:
- Hot glue
Each child had their own idea of how and what they wanted on their satellite. “My satellite has a lot of cameras so it can look everywhere.” “Mine can fly super high.” While another child stated, “my astronaut is going to have a bed so he can sleep.”
The children know that there’s more than one type of satellite and that it does more than just take pictures of Earth. We are exploring the different functions satellites have while expanding our knowledge. By exploring, asking questions and generating discussions we have had the chance to push our curiosity and learn more about our planet and its relation to the universe. This provocation can possibly grow into a greater exploration of types of stars, the stories behind them, the galaxies, black holes, and asteroids!
“Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.”