The Sky’s the Limit: Parents and first-grade students observe the skyby: Deborah Roberts

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In this study of the sky and moon, students went outside after school each day to observe the sky and record their observations in their moon journals. The unexpected surprise was the involvement and reactions of students’ parents. This journal activity provided opportunities for parents and children to spend time together without pressure and share a common experience of learning about the moon. It allowed parents to be involved in their child’s “school world” and share cultural traditions. In addition, this activity provided an easy way to integrate literature and motivate students to write clearly in their daily moon journals.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
9/1/1999

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Reviews (6)
  • on Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:58 AM

I do like the observation activity about the moon and sky. I also think having students' parents participate in the activity is a great design to enhance the learning process. As you have mentioned, the interaction between students and their parents is beneficial to both of them. For parents, they can feel valuable, responsible and important. For children, it is an effective way to stimulate their curiosity and desire for knowledge. The students require to write down their observation and ideas in their daily journals, which is also a good opportunity to practice their writing and expression. The next day, when students go back to school, they can communicate with their classmates deeply. I do like such interesting and multifunctional activity!

Xiaomeng Ni
Xiaomeng Ni

  • on Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:54 AM

This article presented a powerful example of the importance of having assignments for students to do with their parents and family members! It was amazing how the observation journal enhanced their observation skills, language, family and cultural connections, and literacy! I would have never guessed such an activity would have such a variety of uses and impacts as discussed in this article! I’m going to implement similar assignments!

Mark P  (Placentia, CA)
Mark P (Placentia, CA)

  • on Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:10 AM

I really enjoyed this article because it allowed an opportunity for students to make their own observations and get them thinking about what they saw. I also enjoyed how it involved the parents in the homework assignment which I believe is essential. I liked the entire activity and I plan to use this in my future classroom.

Kaitlin B
Kaitlin B

  • on Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:10 AM

I really enjoyed this article because it allowed an opportunity for students to make their own observations and get them thinking about what they saw. I also enjoyed how it involved the parents in the homework assignment which I believe is essential. I liked the entire activity and I plan to use this in my future classroom.

Kaitlin B
Kaitlin B

  • on Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:10 AM

I really enjoyed this article because it allowed an opportunity for students to make their own observations and get them thinking about what they saw. I also enjoyed how it involved the parents in the homework assignment which I believe is essential. I liked the entire activity and I plan to use this in my future classroom.

Kaitlin B
Kaitlin B

  • on Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:19 PM

I am currently working on creating a science lesson for 1st grade over this TEKS! I have really been struggling with it, and this article was extremely beneficial!!

Breanna V
Breanna V


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