Oh no, how do I retract years of teaching a science unit that is now obsolete?
Recently, Kepler Mission announced the discovery of 1,235 possible new planets.
It was bad enough when they dropped Pluto.
Sorry, former students of mine…you gotta get rid of that Solar System mobile.
One science unit I taught to Kindergarteners and first graders was the solar system. We did creative drama in experiencing the rotation of Earth around the sun while the moon circled Earth as it turned on its axis. Kids were always fascinated how we got night and day.
I was that teacher who incorporated Music and Art with Science. We all sang:
Good morning, merry sunshine,
How did you wake so soon?
You’ve scared the little stars away,
And shined away the moon;
I saw you go to sleep last night
Before I ceased my playing.
How did you get way over here,
And where have you been staying?
I never go to sleep, my child,
I just go round to see,
The little children of the East,
Who rise and wait for me;
I wake up all the birds and bees,
And flowers on my way,
And come to see the little child,
Who stayed out late to play.
Words and music are given in Zuchtmann, Frederick. New American Music Reader. New York: Macmillan, 1903, page 29:
We ended the unit by making 9 paper Mache planets by size and color and a golden sun. They were suspended with strings attached to a paper plate and swayed and moved in the wind, nine planets around the sun. I still see my students carefully and proudly taking their mobile home. And parents of K-lst graders are known to save their art work forever.
When they dropped Pluto, I thought of calling each student : Please snip off Pluto off your mobile.
Can you imagine what my students would have to do now if I were still in their classrooms? Class, we’re making thousands of paper Mache planets for a mobile, and yes, they still revolve around the sun.
I miss those good old days when we could string up 9 planets and a sun.
But this is what science is all about…it has to be written in pencil.