Space Activities for Kindergarten | Lesson Plans, Center Ideas, a Craft, and More!

Space activities for kindergarten and first grade! Have fun learning with these moon and space lesson plans for little learners. Check out these ideas for learning about moon phases. Engaging space center activities and a craft, too!

Space activities for kindergarten and first grade! Have fun learning with these moon and space lesson plans for little learners. Check out these ideas for learning about moon phases. Engaging space center activities and a craft, too!

Outer Space Activities for Kindergarten

I love teaching about space and kids love learning about it, too! Space is definitely one of their favorite things to learn about. I like to spend about a week doing all things space. We learn about planets, the phases of the moon, and the stars with these space activities for kindergarten and we have so much fun while doing it! 

Morning Work

During our week long study of space students work on writing and illustrating sentences about space, first thing in the morning. Each day, there is a new sentence. I love that I can differentiate this simple activity. Some students are ready to copy the sentence all on their own; whereas others need a little extra support. For those students, the tracing option is just what they need. 

I also have some new Make it Neat themed handwriting and sentence practice activities. These make a great addition to morning work or you can use them at a different time throughout the day. You could also add these activities to a writing center. 

Reading

We use this picture book throughout our space week. The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M. Branley is a fantastic book for learning about the phases of the moon. 

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We have fun learning while diving into this text and completing moon phase activities

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We take some time to discuss the text a little further. We learn about the author’s purpose and students write about why they think the author wrote the book. 

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Kindergarteners love talking about astronauts! Many of my students each and every year, would say they wanted to be an astronaut. This writing response activity is a fun way for them to tell you how they would feel about going to the moon. 

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 The Moon Seems to Change lesson plans and activities can be found here:

In addition to The Moon Seems to Change, we read other books about space. Pebble Books from Scholastic are always a go-to for me! However, I recently discovered the author, Rebecca McDonald and she has some GREAT books for young learners. She has a few space books that would be perfect to share with your students. She even has some in Spanish and French. So cool!

There is also a book about the solar system included in my Exploring Space unit. I use this book to focus on some great space vocabulary. 

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Create an anchor chart to display your student’s learning throughout the week.  I used some black paper and  chalk to match our space theme. You could also probably use a white crayon. 

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Writing

Space is a great topic to work on informational writing with your students. Create a book and have students add a page each day about something new they learned. 

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In the solar system unit, there is a writing activity where students tell what they would do if they went to the moon. I like to use these writing pieces and create a class book. 

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Math

This is a fun chart to create that shows how far apart the planets are.  We used our shoes to measure the distance and write about it. A fun way to practice some math skills!

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Centers

Add some space-themed center activities to your math and literacy stations for the week. Super fun!

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The math and literacy centers are available in the Exploring Space unit.  

This nonfiction listening center is perfect for our listening station. There is a QR code on each response sheet so students can easily scan and listen to the book about planets using a classroom device. One of my favorite activities for students to complete at this listening center is learning about the order of the planets. It is a simple cut and glue activity and students can use the book or book recording for support. 

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Digital Science Activities

If you are looking for some digital activities, these science interactive books are great! There is a book about planets and also about stars. These can be used in Google Slides or in Seesaw. 

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Rocket Ship Craft and STEM

We love art projects! These rocketships are the best! This craft is from the Engaging Readers unit for the book, The Moon Seems to Change. 

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Stem activities are a great way to keep students engaged in learning. In our Science, Math, and More unit for The Moon Seems to Change, students use paper towel tubes and heavy construction paper or cardstock to create telescopes. You can find the resources for this stem project here:

Space Snack

Learning how to make astronaut dessert is amazing! Incorporating something students can eat makes learning that much more engaging. We used this to practice our how-to writing. Such a fun activity!

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The recipe for the space snack and how-to writing activity can be found here:

Enjoy teaching with these space activities for kindergarten!

Space activities for kindergarten and first grade! Have fun learning with these moon and space lesson plans for little learners. Check out these ideas for learning about moon phases. Engaging space center activities and a craft, too!

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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  1. This is super fantastic! Your post made my two daughters get more interested in the outer space, the stars and the Moon! Thank you for sharing!

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