Monday, November 1, 2010



Shooting Stars

How to catch a shooting star? was another question from Anna’s “question box”. I delayed the answer to the question, because I remembered a good book I looked at in the library. It was Shooting Stars by Franklin Branley, a very prolific writer of Let’s Read-and-Find-Out series. It even contained the sentence that started with the words, “If you catch a falling star…”. Anna added a short Oc29_Stone summary to her “science journal” – Shooting star is a space rock. Then we went on a pretend meteorite hunt around the neighborhood and brought home “a meteorite”. We inspected it and compared our observations with information from Shooting Stars. Our “meteorite” was fairly light stone, with pores and didn’t react to a magnet. This promptly switched our science Oct29_Magnets lesson into impromptu scavenger hunt for iron objects in the kitchen. Later Anna dictated me the story about her meteorite, We went for a walk to look for leaves, and we also thought that we found a meteorite. We looked all over it, and we checked it with a magnet, but it (the magnet) wouldn’t stay on it. So we decided that it wasn’t a meteorite. Mama thought that this rock came from a volcano because it had a lot of small holes in it.

I am linking this post to Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.

11 comments:

Kylie said...

Very cool We love Lets Read and Find Out About Science.

littlewondersdays said...

Again, great lesson plan. I love how hands on and open ended your projects are.

Christy said...

Fantastic! It's great that you had the perfect book to address Anna's question.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very fun! Of course, now that leads nicely into a study of geology, or magnets, or space...

Ticia said...

I really need to get back into doing a science journal with the kids.

As always she dictates such great stories.

Phyllis said...

Very fun post to read. Makes me feel like I was right there with you two.

MaryAnne said...

I love Anna's story, and the photo of her with her "meteorite"! She looks so happy in her play kitchen, too =)

Debbie said...

This sounds like such a fun science exploration! It sounds like your question box is working nicely.

Aging Mommy said...

Oh you just reminded me of being on Safari in Africa where star gazing is amazing, the skies are so clear. We could see Mars one night, I found that hard to believe but we could and the best part was actually seeing a shooting star.

I love Anna's story and her meteorite. She really does like her new kitchen too!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Anna has the best stories Natalie! It's so good that you are recording so many of the things she says and does. Her "meteorite" is awesome:-). Such a sweet smile with her kitchen too.

Kim said...

This sounds like something Crumpet would love. He is very interested in meteorites. I'll have to see if the library has this book.