Learning about the sun and moon is a first-grade science standard for South Carolina students. What does it mean to explore the sun and moon with young children?
The standard states that children should observe the sun and moon and be able to talk about sunrise and sunset, understand that the sun is a star and makes life possible here on earth, and observe the moon as it waxes and wanes. They should also be able to talk about ways that technology has made it possible to study the sun and moon.
Here are some important points to ponder:
Objects in the sky move in predictable patterns.
Some objects are better seen during the day and some are better seen at night.
The sun is a star and provides heat and light energy for earth.
How will I know my child has met this first-grade science standard?
My child shows understanding when they observe, describe, and predict sunrise and sunset.
My child can observe the moon changing over time in a predictable pattern and talk about it.
My child can tell how technology has made it possible to study the sun, moon, planets, and stars.
My child can tell how sunlight effects the Earth’s surface.
My child can talk about problems related to the warming effects of sunlight and come up with solutions on how to solve these problems.
Activities and Multimedia:
Children learn through exploration and experimentation. Check out Edventures with Kids awesome hands-on ways of talking about the phases of the moon using playdough, Oreos, and more. Or enjoy a relaxing painting activity that pairs well with Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle. Find Eric Carle's book and others that will inspire learning about the sun and moon below.
Need some help explaining the sun to your kids? Crash Course has great, short video clips to help you out!
Let's learn about the phases of the moon with Brainpop.
Books to Read:
The titles below will help you and your child discuss concepts surrounding the sun and moon and conduct experiments together. Want us to pull books for you? Contact us at 803-799-9084 and request to have books sent to your nearest Richland Library location.