Kindergarten and Grade One Models of the Earth

Dear class,

Please find attached several pictures of primary children’s models of the Earth. I have been teaching a kindergarten/grade one class astronomy this year. The children have wonderful ideas. The activities I have undertaken this year are based on Stella Vosniadou’s research reviewed by a couple of you in this forum on conceptual challenges and Bill Thornburgh et al. (2015) studies on young children’s sense of perspective in space. In it, our first activity queried can you draw a picture of the earth and to follow up, is this what the earth would look like if you were in space? As promised, here are several of the models that emerged from this activity.

Thoughts and questions on conceptual challenges welcome! Samia

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