The idea of outer space can bring infinite possibilities, much like space itself. When decorating your classroom, focus on the history of NASA, the solar system and items associated with the universe. Decorate the classroom in a space theme with cardboard cutouts or three-dimensional models. Hang these from the ceiling or on the walls. Use these ideas year-round or when teaching about space.
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Things you need
- Space decorations
- String or fishing line
Attach glow-in-the-dark stars to the ceiling. Put them in patterns of famous constellations such as the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia and Orion. If you want to get more accurate, place these constellations in roughly the same area where they would be in the night sky.
Position cutout planets on your walls. Cut them out to scale with each other. Place each planet the correct distance from the next planet as they would appear in space. Scale down the measurements, but make them accurate. Hang the planets from the ceiling, with their orbits in scale with each other.
Create or purchase models of mission shuttles. Make or find Apollo, Gemini, space shuttle and International Space station models. Pair each model with its objective. For example, hang a moon near the Apollo model and an Earth near the space shuttle model.
Hang objects in different areas of the classroom that have to do with space. For example, hang a space shuttle, large star, planet and an astronaut. Have these sections as landmarks in the classroom. For example, hang a large star above the reading area and the space shuttle over the activity area.
Hang different planets over table groups. These table groups can work together for activities, contests or being recognised for good behaviour.
Hang a space scene, complete with stars, astronauts and planets, over the room. This can be helpful if you are teaching younger kids who might not understand the idea of space yet.
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