If you ever want to construct your own unit study, Calendar Connections is a great jumping off point for some topics. I used their Astronomy packet as a way to get organized and figure out what I wanted to spend a lot of time on and what I wanted to barely touch on. They make a card for each day in the month that you can print out and either put into a calendar or throw them into some sort of grab bag. Build on these fun daily facts however you see fit. I pick out story books, writing prompts, art projects, experiments and videos that are relevant to each daily fact and work them into our regular day.
A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky by Michael Driscoll
I, Gallileo by Bonnie Christensen
Maria’s Comet by Deborah Hopkinson
If You Decide to go to the Moon by Faith McNulty
Time for Kids X-WHY-Z Space (great for independent reading time)
Field Trip: The St. Louis Science Center
There is a huge area dedicated to astronomy at the St. Louis Science Center. There are exhibits on exploration of Mars and life as an astronaut. We saw the “Live Sky Tonight show” at the planetarium, which was all about the stars and constellations that would be visible in this area at this time of year. We all enjoyed the show, mostly because it was interactive. My kids loved shouting out the answers to his questions if they knew them; it really kept them paying attention and on their toes. You could sit in fold up chairs or get a mat and lay on the floor.