Space Shuttle (almost) complete!

I have (nearly) successfully transformed my classroom into a space shuttle + outer space theme. I am pretty proud of it, to be honest, and amazed as I thought it would have taken much longer to complete.

 

Big thanks to daddyo + my lovely husband for turning my space shuttle vision into a reality, and helping me to create a 2m high space shuttle frame. The plan is for all visitors to our classroom to journey through the space shuttle and into ‘space’ on arrival to our room.

 

 

MATERIALS
Total Cost: approx $100

  • Large cardboard packing boxes (nabbed from local supermarket) – FREE
  • Heaps of silver + black gaffer tape – easy tear (originally used on sale duct tape – EPIC mistake!!! – lesson learnt: never settle for cheap tape!!) – $20 at Bunnings
  • Silver metallic spray paint (because we had it) – FREE
  • Black table cloths from Kmart – $1 each
  • Inflatable Shapes – I bought these from Educational Experience for $70, but I’m sure you could make them out of paper lanterns 🙂

Finishing touches: Add more black materials for outer space AND cover everything else in foil, add interesting facts posters

Pretty convinced it will increase student engagement in the classroomA Additionally,  I will continue to plan on integrating a range of subject areas across the curriculum (where appropriate and authentic), and maintain an inquiry learning approach. The following quote is taken from Pearson Education (Written by Tammy L. Stephens).

“Teachers’ enjoyment of and confidence in teaching have been shown to positively impact their affective orientation towards their students (e.g., positive student-teacher relationships); resulting in increased student motivation and engagement. Teven and McCroskey (1997) found that students who believe their teacher is caring also believe they learn more.

  • Ensure the classroom environment is welcoming to students from all cultures.
  • Enhance students’ self-belief.
  • Survey students to obtain information about their likes and dislikes

Motivating students and encouraging engagement is not an easy feat for teachers. While much of the motivation is intrinsic to the student, teachers play a vital role and can be proactive in cultivating student engagement. Increased student engagement and motivation is key to academic and behavioural success.”

I also made NASA ID Cards for my class with specific roles for our space shuttle, which will be super exciting, especially for Day 1.  I love that my students are already incredibly interested in Space!! So looking forward to intriguing wonder questions, genius hour projects and a keen interest to learn more!!

 

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In the process… of creating a space station

Contemplating how integration and curiosity benefits the engagement of learners.

I am currently in the process of deciding how much an integrated classroom encourages and entices curiosity of my students. For instance, during term 3 we are to study Space and the Solar System, if I was to go all out refurbishing my classroom into a space station experience, and linking in other KLAs, would this lead to more engaged learners and better outcomes?

The research suggests it does, yet I am willing to trial it myself in a more intense way than I have been achieving thus far.

At the moment, I am searching space themes and wondering how to best transform my classroom into a space station / solar system, thanks to Pinterest. I plan on also creating NASA ID Cards for my students with specific classroom roles. I guess the next job will then be checking that integration will authentically occur across other areas of the curriculum. Finally, setting everything up, with much anticipation and excitement for the upcoming term. I am a fortnight to get organised.