Galaxies are another fantastic follow up to the first great lesson.
Since galaxies are incredibly beautiful, I wasn't satisfied with printing out pictures for this lesson. I wanted pictures that would inspire awe and creativity. So with a friend of mine, I created these galaxy pastel drawings.
We first spoke about the formation of galaxies, recalling what was discussed in the great lesson. Next we introduced three types of galaxies; spiral, elliptical and irregular.
Here is a layout of all three galaxies.
We used this poster as a guide for the types of galaxies. This can be downloaded for free from my shop here.
Next we looked at different galaxies which have been discovered. I made these 3-part cards for ten different galaxies.
These can also be downloaded for free on my site.
(all photos were taken from Wikipedia)
Children were encouraged to pick a galaxy and research it further.
This book fit perfectly with this lesson.
Of course, the children were inspired by the pastel pictures and eagerly drew their own.