Space Unit Study
Our current unit study is Amanda Bennett’s Space Unit Study. The week before Christmas, we snagged an opportunity to go to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. Ben came home certain that he wants to be a veterinarian in space. Turns out, veterinarians are highly recruited by NASA. Who knew?
The unit lasts 4 weeks, and in that time we will learn a lot about our solar system, the history of space travel, and important astronomers and astronauts.
Our book list is extensive, but I wanted to share a little of what we’ll be reading, as well as a few videos and other resources.
Ben’s chapter book is Neil Armstrong: Young Flyer from the Childhood of Famous Americans Series. He read 40 pages the first day! He is loving this book!
Our read aloud will be (we’re waiting for it from the library) Hans Brinker, Or the Silver Skates.
Some of the spines we are using include: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, Astonomy, Space Exploration, and The Best Book of Spaceships.
A few videos we found at the library include: What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy (Volume 2), When We Left Earth, and The Big Space Shuttle.
For our Space notebook, we’ll add lapbooking components from the lapbook designed to accompany Exploring Creation with Astronomy from A Journey Through Learning, along with a few pieces from Homeschool Share.
NotebookingPages.com has a ton of astronomy notebooking pages as well.
Hands On Activities
For some fun activities, these books are awesome: Janice Van Cleave’s The Solar System and Astronomy for Every Kid.
I think Ben is most excited about the Cast and Paint Space kit we found at Half Price Books. It has 3 different space craft to make and paint. Very cool.
I think this unit will be so much fun and a great start for my budding veterinarian astronaut.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLAST-OFF!!