Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Solar System.....

We had a note sent home last week for our first, at home, 4th grade project.....we had to build a Solar System. You could use a kit, poster board, shadowbox or whatever you wanted. I was absolutely stressing over this project and was in Hobby Lobby one day, (imagine that!!) when I ran into a friend that told me Hobby Lobby sold Solar Systems....YEA!!! We go trooping off to find them, get to the area, and not a Solar System to be found....boo!!! I knew I had to go pick up Lexi's consignment clothes that had not sold (last Sunday) and the area I had to go to had a Michael's, I was keeping my fingers crossed. They had them.....YEA!!!
It really was a fun little project. This kit had the colored balls and the wire and gave complete, precise instructions of what to do.
The only thing extra that we did was write down the names of the planets and hot glue them on each planet. It turned out great. Here is our finished Solar System.
The kids are also partnered in class and each have a planet that they are researching on the computer, and making a report on. Lexi and her partner have Venus. She has already come home telling me many facts about Venus. It is so much fun to see her, having fun, learning all about her planet.

37 comments:

Marie said...

How cool! And LUCKY you found a solar system kit to buy! When my son was in 4th grade he had to make a model of a CA mission. I had NO idea you could buy a kit! We worked painstakingly on the that thing for weeks to only discover the day he turned it in you could buy a kit! I was so mad! lol

Lauren W said...

What FUN! I'm so glad you found one :) Looks like she's very much enjoying her class project.

duchess said...

I just love those scientific kits. Whenever my kids bring home a project, I'm looking to see if there's a kit for it.

She did a great job - it looks good.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

yay that you found the solar system. She looks so proud of herself :0) Great job! Our fourth graders have to do a "missions" project, so later this year we'll be making trip to some of the different missions around here.

B J's Corner said...

The old solar system. If I think way way way back I did that in school, but with paints and paper. What a good job she did!
bj

Michelle said...

That's great you found the kit...makes projects so much easier with a little help...it turned out great...

Neabear said...

That sounded like fun. Like Marie, my kids had to do a California mission. And we also did them with out kits. I think I did too, but I don't remember for sure. I do remember making a relief map of California in 4th grade. In case you bloggers are wondering, 4th grade is the year you study California history. It was that way for me and also for my kids. I do remember our family trip during Easter vacation when I was in 4th grade. My parents planned in stops to several California missions. That was a cool thing to do then.

Shannon said...

I remember those days! So fun. :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Oh, and it's just too bad you had to go to Hobby Lobby and Michaels to look for the kit, right? :) It turned out great! :)
Carrie

linda said...

I remember buying that exact same kit a Michael's when my son was in fourth grade...and he researched Saturn. This post sure brought back memories! Your right though, this one was a fun project, unlike some of the other hundreds of projects they're required to do.

Caren said...

Go Lexi! She did a great job. Do they still have Pluto included in the kit? I know it was downgraded or something and I'm still confused about it! You'll have to ask Lexi about that for me since she's now an Official Solar System Expert.

And if you need any information on dinosaurs, I know just the guy for you. ha ha!

Blissful Nikki said...

wow! I remember doing this!!

The Berry's Patch said...

What a fun project. My 6 year old is obsessed with the plants. He has them hanging in his room. I hope Pluto wasn't included. It's not considered a planet anymore. Can you believe it? We had to take Pluto down. :-)

Joanna said...

That's awesome! I hope that Kayla does something like that sometime this year. It looks like a lot of fun. We may have to just do it on our own! *smiles* Even if they don't do it in school.

judicreations said...

I'd forgotten how stressful our children's school projects can be on us parents. Been there and experienced that...whew. It sounds like things are in control. Your daughter will be learning much from her project. I always learned so much from them too!
Have a great day.
Judi

HeathahLee said...

Lexi is so cute. We haven't gotten to the solar system yet in school. We're still working on bugs. Ick.

HeathahLee said...

Ha! I think we were commenting on each other's blogs at the same time! : )

Katie said...

That is so cool, my Jaden would love that sort of thing for sure.

Our Complete Family said...

That is so neat that they have kits for it now! Wow! Bryce had to pick a planet to research online last year and he loved it! Fun, fun, fun times! Happy Fall~ Les

Our Complete Family said...

That is so neat that they have kits for it now! Wow! Bryce had to pick a planet to research online last year and he loved it! Fun, fun, fun times! Happy Fall~ Les

Sandy Toes said...

What a fun project...I love the solar system (I was a teacher). Thanks for stopping by my blog! What a cute blog you have! Love it!
-Sandy Toes

Wendy said...

I love it when kids get excited about learning...and now I've got in my list of mental notes that I can go to Michael's when my son gets his first solar system assignment. ;-)

mysteryhistorymom said...

This looks like a fun project! We are studying the Earth right now and this would fit right in!:) Lori

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

It looks like Lexi really enjoyed doing that project-She is a doll Darlene.

Twice as Nice said...

How LUCKY of you to find a kit. It looks great and Lexi did a marvelous job. Those are my kind of project. Simple and easy. Ya know when the kids have a project it's really the PARENTS that have the project. Last year we had a pyramid and a volcano. Good thing hubby LOVES that kind of stuff.

Susie Harris said...

Oh Miss Darlene... I just love your new look. It's so festive! I need a new look just too darn lazy to take the time.... Well not lazy.. busy sounds better. I remember those days amking projects... Looks like she did a great job on it. I hope she gets an A+.... Im my day" like Im soo old", they didnt have kits. You would just come up with stuff on your own. I was in a science fair once and my dad had to make the project board... You know the 3 sided thing. I sweat that thing weighed 100 pounds and I only weighed about 60. Now they make those foam ones.... Kids... they have it so easy! smile~

Mrs. B said...

Your daughter is so adorable and she looks so proud of her solar system! I'll make a mental note that you can buy kits in case we ever have to do that.

Jeanne said...

Boy Darlene, I remember those days so well. School projects for five kids.lol Your daughter is so pretty with that blond hair. She looks so proud of her solar system. Kit, what's that all about? Nothing like that when my kids were small. Well, my youngest is 40 yrs. old. Wow, in print that makes me so old. but I am young at heart. smile

Hugs, Jeanne

AJ said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog:) Good to know about Michael's. My oldest is in third grade so I'm guessing she'll have to do this next year! What a pretty little girl you have:) Isn't this age fun?!

Gretchen said...

Lexi looks so proud of her project and what a great Mom to keep looking and looking to find just what she needed. It's so much fun to see your children learing.

Gretchen

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Hi Darlene!
Just had to stop by and say "Hi" I keep seeing your name on other blogs and wanted to let you know we both share the name "Darlene"

nikkicrumpet said...

She is so adorable...I love the big happy proud smile! And lucky you they had a kit!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Darlene,
Lexi is such a cute adorable girl!
I remember those days of helping kids with projects. It is fun...and usually the parents learn as much as the kids!

Sue said...

I LOVE your new look!! I remember those project days....so glad they have kits now.

Natalie Jane said...

Funny how there are less planets than when I did this same project....

Joy said...

Cool solar system and cute daughter who looks very happy that her wonderful mom found the model.

Dawn said...

The solar system looks great! I am glad you found one! I think research projects in elementary school are so exciting and fun. I hope she enjoys her project and her year.

take care,
Dawn