Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Booking Across the USA, Aurora Borealis

We're studying Alaska this week as part of our participation in "Booking Across the USA".  We started work on a diorama of the Alaskan tundra yesterday.  With all of our extracurricular after school activities, I can tell it's going to take a few days to complete.  

Alaskan tundra diorama

Our study focused on learning about Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.  This link can provide a quick explanation of this beautiful site.
Our book list:
Alaska by Shelley Gill
Arctic Tundra by Michael H. Forman
Smithsonian Earth

shaving cream painting

To make the backdrop of our diorama, I thought it would be fun to combine one of our favorite crafts, shaving cream painting, with this project.  We used black card stock instead of white this time to give the effect of night and used paint colors (neon green, yellow, and blue) you might see in the Northern Lights.

You can see full directions of how to do this craft here and all of our shaving cream painting activities here.

Alaska Lesson Plans

Each of the kids took turns making "the Northern Lights".  After the papers dried, we put a little glue and glitter on them.  We used them for the backdrop of our diorama and put one of the papers on our poster we're making about Alaska.

Alaska Lesson Plans

I would love to see these lights myself one day, hopefully with my kids.  Until then, we watched some You Tube videos.  This one is beautiful.  

Alaska tundra diorama

So far, our poster of Alaska has some of the animals native to the tundra and now a "picture" of Aurora Borealis.  The kids are doing this as a collaborative project.  Sassyfras did the writing today.  I'm hoping they will be willing to "present" their poster to us one night after dinner.  

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Phyllis said...

Kelly- I am loving this Alaska series! I am pinning them for the future.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

What a fantastic craft for Alaska!

Sbrod1 said...

A great way to make northern lights is to use black or grey construction paper and colored chalk. Most auroras are bright green, but can also be pink and purple. With the long side of the chalk, students draw a wavy line across the paper and then smudge up toward the top of the paper with a tissue.

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is a very pretty project!