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Sky High Counting

Sandi King
Beacon Learning Center (Bay District Schools)

Description

Have you wondered about the day sky and night sky? This integrated unit actively involves kindergarten students in understanding the day sky, night sky, and movement of the sun across the sky as they learn to count to ten. Students also use literature to learn to predict outcomes and relate events to their own lives. Students then use the math, science, and reading concepts taught to write their own counting books.

Questions

How is the day sky different from the night sky? Does the sun move across the sky?

Duration

The planned duration of this activity is 11 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Diagnostic Assessment (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Summative Assessment 1 (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Summative Assessment 2 (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Summative Assessment 3 (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Summative Assessment 4 (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Formative Assessment (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Assessment Records (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Letter to Parents (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Lesson Plans

One Sun, One Moon
Share the joy of books while introducing students to counting to ten, making predictions, and recognizing characteristics of the day and night sky. Students begin creating their own counting books while studying the number 1.

Two Owl Eyes
What can be seen in the night sky? This second lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, teaches students to count to ten, make predictions, and recognize the day and night sky. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 2.

Three Bears and Three Goats in the Morning Sun
Is the sun always in the same place in the sky? This third lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 3.

Four Animal Legs at Sunset
Did you know that the sun is a star? This fourth lesson of the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in counting and literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 4.

Five Fingers for Eating Lunch
Where in the sky is the sun while you are eating lunch? This fifth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages students in literature as they learn about the sun. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 5.

Six Insect Legs
What do you know about the sun moving in the sky? This sixth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting, engages studentsí interest as they learn about the sunís apparent movement. Students continue their counting books adding a page for the number 6.

Seven Quacks Me Up
Need a fun look at the number seven? Enjoy Quack and Count from this seventh lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting. Students continue exploration of the day and night skies and add a page for the number 7 to their counting books.

Eight Stars in the Night Sky
Can you count eight stars in the night sky? This eighth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues studentsí exploration of the day and night skies. A page for the number 8 is added to studentsí counting books.

Nine in the Sky
Can you see the nine planets in the sky? This ninth lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting continues studentsí exploration of the day and night sky. A page for the number 9 is added to studentsí counting books.

Ten Fingers Ten Toes
Can you count your fingers and toes? This tenth and final lesson from the unit, Sky High Counting concludes studentsí exploration of the day and night sky. The final page is added to studentsí counting books.

Web Links

Students are actively involved in learning about the apparent movement of the sun across the day sky. Students then learn to relate time of day to the location of the sun. This lesson has audio.
Sunrise, Sunset
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