This week, all of Year 4 took a trip to the Adler Planetarium to learn all about the solar system, which links in really well with our Topic, “Time and Place, Earth and Space”.
During the course of the day, we had the opportunity not only to explore the multitude of displays and exhibits throughout the planetarium, but also take part in hands-on exhibitions, workshops and movie presentations.
In the “Planet Explorers” exhibition, the children got the chance to practically experience what it would be like on a spacecraft and take a walk into space, as well as drive a moon buggy and help to launch a rocket. The students loved the hands-on nature of this exhibit, which was specifically designed for children.
We also blasted off into the future for a “Destination Solar System” vacation, throughout the galaxy, on a rocket ship. This took place in the enormous Grainger Theater Dome, with spectacular 3D graphics, where we explored the sun, the moon and many of the planets.
The Coyote of Native American Folklore also hosted a separate presentation for us in the Definiti Theater Dome – this time with 360 degree views and reclining chairs! He went through some of the misconceptions from history, relating to the “Earth, Moon and Sun”, and Coyote helped to explain how it really is!
This field trip was truly out of this world!
- Eleanor Davis, Year 4 Leader