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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Add some space-themed center activities to your math and literacy stations for the week. Super fun!
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.
Digital Science Activities
Rocket Ship Craft and STEM
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:
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!
Enjoy teaching with these space activities for kindergarten!