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This year in the PEP classroom our focus will be the Solar System, we will cover the sun, earth, moon, planets, space exploration and rockets. To begin this unit, we will discuss the relationship between the sun, earth, and moon.  How the interaction creates day/night, seasons, and eclipses.  We will do a novel study this year in lieu of Scholastic News.  Third, fourth, and fifth grades will read Hidden Figures and second and first will read Midnight on the Moon. Your children will enrich and extend their vocabulary with the APP Wordly Wise 3000. 

  • January

    WOW, what a terrific month! We spent this month researching planets in our solar system. Students also created papier-mâché planets to present during their presentations along with the facts they collected from research. 

  • December

    During the month of December, we will begin with an overall look at the planets. We will discuss inner versus outer planets, the order of the planets, relative size, and distance from the sun.  We will look at individual planets when we return in January. 

  • November

    We enjoyed a wonderful field trip to a SPACE CAMP at the beginning of the month.  Students were able to ride the simulators, rides, build and launch a rocket, along with other fun space activities.  In the classroom, we completed our unit on stars and constellations.  We moved on to planets.

  • October

    In October, we covered stars and constellations. Each student created their own constellation along with a myth to go with it.  

  • September

    Fall has arrived and we are continuing our space exploration. We have covered in great depth moon phases. This week, we will move on to stars. First we will discover if color determines temperature, we will discuss relative size, and we will cover distance. After we spend about two weeks on just stars, we will move on to constellations.  

  • August

    In the month of August, we have covered the relationship and characteristics of  the sun, the Earth, and the moon. Students have discovered that the Earth rotates on its own tilted axis as the Earth revolves around the sun.  The rotation of the Earth causes day and night get, sunrise and sunsets. We constructed a solar clock to represent and visually see the rotation.  Students also discovered that the sun is at the center of the solar system and it does not move.  Seasons are caused by Earth's revolution around the sun on its tilted axis. We discussed both a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse. We will continue with moon phases into September. 

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      Marvelous Mars the red planet!
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