In the past UOI unit, our central Idea is The Earth and Sun have forces that affect our lives.
This unit is the solar system that children are particularly interested in. In this unit, we inquiry the nature and natural laws; the interaction between nature and human society; how human beings use their understanding of scientific principles and the impact of technological on society and environment.
Many interesting links have been designed, and children have also launched their imaginations. From their works, they feel their yearning for the universe and the future. Next, let's look at their works!
How many mysteries does our solar system have in the vast universe? Let me inquiry
In this unit, the children have a good tour of the solar system, have a taste of the eight planets and their eclipses, have learned the relevant knowledge of the earth's revolution and rotation, have understood the causes and principles of thunderstorm and rain, have fun in learning, have fun in playing.
The universe can arouse children's strong curiosity and infinite reverie. Distant stars or astronomical phenomena with space thinking are far away for primary school students, but every child seems to like to stare at the wonderful universe and think quietly.
To learn astronomy knowledge, we need to apply it to students' observation ability, judgment ability, hypothesis ability, space thinking ability and so on to help students construct a macro concept of the universe in their mind. The movement of the sun and the earth will also cause seasonal changes, which we can feel more intuitively in the traditional Chinese solar terms.
We inquiry the time difference caused by the earth's rotation. Students inquiry all kinds of clocks by themselves: time difference clocks made in different places, clocks with cute animals, water cup clocks designed for Dad to drink water regularly, and cake clocks designed for cooperation with mom.
In spite of the current epidemic situation and inconvenient materials for home-based learning, the children have exerted infinite imagination and creativity to creatively express their understanding of the solar system unit learning with the materials available at home.
In order to understand the mysteries of the universe, we have to understand the relationship between the sun, the earth and the moon, explore the four seasons and the day and night phenomena on the earth, and discover the wonderful natural phenomena on the earth.
Grade 2 has been exploring the Solar System in our most recent unit of inquiry. We started from the universe and zoomed in through our galaxy, the Milky Way, and then into our Solar System. We focused on the Earth, Sun and Moon. We looked at how day and night and the seasons happen; we investigated the moon phases and tides and looked at the force of gravity.
We made shadow puppets when we were learning about the sun. This is a mother dog and a baby dog.
We looked at non-chronological reports in English and wrote some of our own about the moon.
We loved learning about the moon phases, and making Oreo models of the moon’s phases.
We carried out experiments to test the effects of gravity. Do you think a heavier or a lighter object would hit the ground first?
We showed our understanding of space travel. We made rockets using bottles and other materials we found in our homes.
We showed understanding of the different layers of the Earth by making 3D paper diagrams.
We thought about what life would look like without gravity!
The universe and the solar system, with children's infinite fantasy. During the epidemic, the limited materials stimulated the infinite imagination. In every ingenious design, the concept understanding and differential expression of children are displayed. Let's follow the steps of children to explore the world! Please look forward to the next unit: The past!