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Studying Outer Space: Our Unit Study and Lapbook

Outer Space Lapbook

What kid doesn’t like studying Outer Space?  We have completed an awesome space unit study and lapbook.  Read on for some great ideas!

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Astronomy Textbook for Studying Outer Space

If you want to study space all year (we are doing this for the second time now!), I highly recommend Jeannie Fulbright’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy for grades K-6.  Experiments/projects, journaling notebook, and lapbook materials all available!

Exploring Creation With Astronomy

Other Space Books to Read

First, I headed to the library to check out some wonderful books and DVDs:

The Amazing International Space Station

Our Solar System by Simon

Janice VanCleave’s Solar System : mind-boggling experiments you can turn into science fair projects

 The Life of an Astronaut by Walker

Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System

The Space Shuttle by Langille

Solar System by Goldsmith

Spinning in Space : a book about the planets by Rau

Space Heroes : amazing astronauts by Buckley

The Big Space Shuttle (DVD)

Do stars have points? : questions and answers about stars and planets by Berger

The Planets in our Solar System by Branley

Space Leftovers : a book about comets, asteroids, and meteoroids by Rau

Destination: Moon   The Spiritual and Scientific Voyage of the Eighth Man to Walk on the Moon by Irwin

Journey into Space:  The Missions of Neil Armstrong  by Langley

a Biography of Isaac Newton

A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle

Head here for a fun Solar System Craft!You’ll love this Rocket Craft.

And, how about this Astronaut Puppet Craft? Fun!

If you have older kids, try out the Moon and Stars Unit Study for Upper Elementary.

Field Trip: 

We took an awesome field trip to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago!  What a wonderful place for kids to explore and learn more about space.

Adler Planetarium 3

Adler Planetarium 1

Experiments and Projects:

Here are some outer space projects and experiments to do: moon activities, learn about a solar eclipse, and astronomy projects. Enjoy these solar science experiments, too!

I love this space playdough.

And, here’s a fun space wreath to make.


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And here are pictures of our lapbook:  For this lapbook, we drew and cut out pictures from various books and workbooks and included photos from our field trip. I also used some materials from Hands of a Child.

Outer Space Lapbook

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