Junior Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Space

Three...two...one...BLAST OFF! This week, we will explore things out of this world. You can create some cool intergalactic art and play Toss the Meteorite Into the Planet! Be sure to check out our virtual live program offerings this week!

READ: The Story of Space by Catherine Barr

Story of Space by Barr

READ

Before the Big Bang there was NOTHING AT ALL.

No galaxies, no space, no light and no sound.

Then suddenly, 13.8 billion years ago, IT ALL BEGAN...

Travel back in time to the Big Bang, see galaxies and stars form, watch the birth of our planet and how life begins, join the first man on the moon, and wonder what mysteries are still waiting to be discovered.

PLAY: Toss the Meteorite Into the Planet (from Cook, Clean, Craft)
Supplies:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Assorted containers (buckets, hats, etc.)
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Paper (for labels)
  • Marker
  • Tape
  1. Make "meteorites" by balling up pieces of aluminum foil. Make four per player. If needed, you can weight some of the meteorites by wrapping a heavier object (like a ball or beanbag) in foil.
  2. Cut a large circle out of yellow construction paper, and using a marker, label it "Sun."
  3. Make the following labels for the containers (which will be planets):
    • Mercury—1
    • Venus—2
    • Earth—3
    • Mars—4
    • Jupiter—5
    • Saturn—6
    • Uranus—7
    • Neptune—8
  4. Using tape, attach labels to each container. You can use larger containers for larger planets, etc.
  5. Place the yellow Sun on the floor/ground, and arrange the planets in order from the Sun.
  6. To play: players stand on the Sun and toss their meteorites into the planets. The numbers on the labels are points, so the farther away it is from the Sun, the more point value you can get. You can only land a meteorite into a planet once. To make it more challenging for older players, move the planets farther away from the Sun, have them try to "hit" planets in a particular order, or have them spin in place three times before they launch their meteorite.

Meteorite toss game in a yard

EXPLORE: Intergalactic art is at your fingertips! Create a scene that is out of this world with mess-free finger painting.

finger painting of planets

Supplies:

  • JPL Art Kit for this week (contact your local branch to pick up)

OR

  • White piece of paper
  • Black piece of paper
  • Tempera paint (at least 2 colors)
  • Quart size zip top bag
  • Glue stick or tape
  • Cotton swabs
  • Scissors
  1. Remove all the supplies from your art kit.
  2. Cut the white piece of paper in half and place back inside your bag.
  3. Pour some of your paint on top of the paper inside the bag.
  4. Seal the bag and use your hands to push the paint around on the paper.
  5. Remove the paper from the bag. Once it has dried, cut out shape of planets, stars, or other things you might see in outer space, like a spaceship or an alien.
  6. Tape or glue the shapes to the black paper.
  7. Add details to your art by using the cotton swabs to brush the paint onto your page.

JOIN: To continue this week’s theme exploration, join our virtual program sessions.

Junior Scientists (K-2): Lego Man in Space!

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for grades K-2 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s exploration is called Lego Man in Space, based on the theme Space! We will make a balloon-powered space "rocket" modeled after a real-life experiment that sent a Lego man into the Earth's stratosphere. This exploration is based on the book Lego Man in Space by Mara Shaughnessy.
Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home to explore a scientific concept. This week’s needed materials are:

  • Lego man (or another toy figure)
  • Milk or juice carton
  • Straw
  • String
  • Balloons
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Plastic shopping bag
  • Aluminum foil and other decorating items

*Adult supervision required.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – 3 pm

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – 11 am

Junior Scientists (3-5): Coding Around the Moon!

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for grades 3-5 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s exploration is called Coding Around the Moon, based on the theme Space! You will use your amazing math skills to calculate a path around the moon. This exploration is based on the book Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker.
Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home to explore a scientific concept. This week’s needed materials are:

  • Green crayon or marker
  • Calculator (optional)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – 1 pm

Junior Artists (K-2): Small World

Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists K-2 is a live art storytime program on Zoom designed specifically for children in Kindergarten, first and second grade. Each week we read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme.

This week's theme is Space and we will be reading the story Small World by Ishta Mercurio. It's available for immediate download from Hoopla using your library card.

Program materials are basic art supplies you likely have at home already, but you can pick up supplies from the library, if needed. Call your local library to schedule supply pickup. Supplies used for this week’s program are:

  • Construction paper
  • Black paper
  • Tempera paint
  • Long cotton swabs
  • Washi tape

Not included in the kit: scissors

Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 3 pm

Junior Artists (3-5): A Kite for Moon

Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists 3-5 is a live art storytime program on Zoom designed specifically for children in third through fifth grades. Each week we read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme.

This week's theme is Space and we will be reading the story A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen. It's available for immediate download from OverDrive using your library card.

Program materials are basic art supplies you likely have at home already, but you can pick up supplies from the library, if needed. Call your local library to schedule supply pickup. Supplies used for this week’s program are:

  • Construction paper
  • Black paper
  • Tempera paint
  • Long cotton swabs
  • Washi tape

Not included in the kit: scissors
Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 4:30 pm

KEEP READING: Want to keep learning about Space? Check out some of these books!

 

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