Writing Around the Sun, Moon, and Earth

Room 14 has been integrating their science inquiry around the Sun, Moon and Earth into their writing and art.

In writing we are learning to write (WALT) in complete sentences.  A complete sentence must:

  • Start with a capital letter and end with a full stop

  • A complete sentence needs to have a subject (the subject is what the sentence is about)

  • A complete sentence must be a complete idea and make sense on its own

As part of our 'Minute to Win it' inquiry we have had a science learning focus around the Sun, Moon and Earth. Before we began our learning around the Sun, Moon and Earth we had to draw a picture of the Sun, Moon and Earth. We had to had to think about the different sizes, shapes and colours. Here are some of our pictures of our before ideas:

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Several of us thought the Earth was larger than the Sun

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Excellent prior knowledge about the size shape and colour of the Sun Moon and Earth2

From our before-ideas we found that most of us knew the colours and shape of the Sun, Earth and Moon. The biggest confusion we had was thinking that the Earth is bigger than the Sun. Some of us also thought that the Sun went around the Earth.  

We have been researching the Sun, Moon and Earth as a class by using the internet and reading library books.  After we have found out about the Sun, Moon or Earth we do a whole class brainstorm of what we have learnt. Then we write down our ideas, focusing on our WALT of writing in complete sentences.

Here are some  of our stories:

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Te Pou had some great ideas in his writing

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Some interesting writing and diagrams by Pania

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Sam had some great ideas in his writing

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Lilys writing and picture of the Sun Moon and Earth

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Declan and his writing about Earth

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Danika understands how big and hot the Sun is

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Clara and her writing about the Moon

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Annabelle and her writing about the Sun and Earth

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Amber and her writing about Sun

It takes the Moon 28 days to go around the Earth. It takes three days to get you to the Moon. By Tom

The Moon is four times smaller than the Earth.  The Moon never stops moving. By Juno

The Earth spins around the Sun.  When it turns towards the Sun it is morning and when the Earth is facing away from the Sun it is bedtime.  Some people call the Earth the blue planet. By Annabelle

The Earth is the only planet with life.  The Earth is the only planet with one Moon.  The Earth is the only planet with water. The Earth is blue because it is covered in water.  By Lachlan

The Earth is the only planet that has water and life.  The Earth is blue because it has more water than grass.  The Earth goes around the Sun and also spins to give us day and night.  By Te Omeka

The Sun is over one thousand degrees and made of gas.  The Sun is in the middle of the Solar System and gives life to Earth.  If you ever touch the Sun you will die. On Earth the Sun can give you sunburn and start a fire.  By Lachlan

When the Earth tilts away from the Sun it is Winter.  When the Earth tilts to the Sun it is Summer. By Danika

The Moon is going around the Earth.  The Sun is bigger than the Moon and Earth.  By Ryleigh

The Moon makes the tide go in and out.  By Izak

I use to think that the Earth was bigger than the Sun.  Jessie

I enjoyed learning about how the Sun is bigger than the Earth and Moon.  Juno

I know the Sun is the biggest star. Te Omeka

I liked doing the pattern decorations on our Sun and Moon artwork.  Annabelle

I liked how I am getting better at drawing.  Declan

I know the Moon is smaller than the Sun.  Amber

Visual Art

We have also integrated our Sun and Moon learning into art and have created Sun and Moon paintings using warm and cool colours.  

First, we had to learn to draw the sun and moon design.  We followed a design template on youtube.

Next, we learnt about warm and cool colours.  Then we used watercolour paints to paint the sun in warm colour and the moon in cool colours.

Finally, we practised drawing small detailed patterns and decorated the different sections of our painting with coloured pencils.

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Lachlan worked very hard on his picture

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Te Omeka carefully painted his picture

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Jessie is an expert painter

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Declan created very detailed patterns

Curriculum Links

  • Science: Planet Earth and Beyond
    • Astronomical systems
    • Share ideas and observations about the Sun and the Moon and their physical effects on the heat and light available to Earth.
  • English: Speaking, Writing and Presenting
    • Structure: Organise texts, using simple structures.
  • Art: Visual Art
    • Developing practical knowledge: Explore a variety of materials and tools and discover elements and selected principles.
Lachlan worked very hard on his picture