Space is often referred to as the “final frontier”. Vast and never-ending to many, but for Fusion students space it is a destination for adventure. Week 3 of Exploring The Universe is underway. Take a look and see what we are up to as we “boldly go where nobody has gone before”!

THE BLUE ROOM

20000-leagues-202x300In the Blue Room this week, we will be diving down into the depths of science fiction (and the ocean) as we read the Jules Verne tale 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! Throughout the week, Fusion students will compare and contrast our previous science fiction classics (War of the Worlds; The Time Machine) to that of 20,000 Leagues, highlighting similar themes and exploring what makes them “science fiction”. Also, our Fusion students will experience Expressive Reading, continue to build their Listening Comprehension skills and recreate their own version of the Nautilus for dramatic reenactment of the tale! Fun fact: the “20,000 Leagues” portion of the title does not refer to how far below the ocean surface our protagonists delve, but instead the distance they travel aboard the Nautilus with Captain Nemo!

THE RED ROOM

Our Red Room planetarium continues to grow and take shape! This week, Fusion kids will have the opportunity to glimpse the far-flung reaches of space, thanks to our Artist of the Month: The Hubble Telescope! Distant galaxies, exotic nebulae and crazy constellations will form the basis of their viewing, inspiring our students to create their own constellations and space phenomena to add to their planetarium! Fusion kids will also continue to listen to the works John Williams to help them get into the “galactic groove”!

THE GREEN ROOM
Students in the Green Room have already tackled The Earth, The Sun & The Moon, and this week they will continue to learn about our solar system. Fusion children will explore thespaceboardR differences between our Interior Rocky Planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) and the Outer Gas Giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune). By the end of the week, they will be armed with the celestial knowledge necessary to answer questions such as:

“Where is the tallest mountain in our solar system?”

“What are the rings of Saturn REALLY made out of?”

“What is the Great Red Spot on Jupiter?”

And for all of us adults…”Why is Pluto not classified as a planet (anymore)?”

…along with many, many more facts about our solar system! Fusion students will need to know this information before they can “blast off” during next week’s theme of Space Exploration!