No, I don't believe in aliens, and really they have precious little to do with science. But I came across these adorable "Alien Adoption Certificates", and I couldn't resist!
First, we "studied" aliens. I had never heard of "Aliens Love Underpants"-but it was such a cute book! The kids laughed over all the aliens antics with various undergarments. Josie has been studying symmetry in math, so we discussed how all the aliens in the book are symmetrical. Even Carson really understood how if "you cut an alien in half down the middle you have two of the same pieces!".
We then cut out our own symmetrical aliens! The kids folded construction paper in half horizontally and traced half an alien design (I helped Carson with the cutting and tracing). Then they colored them and filled out their certificates. Carson named his "Buttercup Stripes" and said that Buttercup looked sad because he missed his mommy and daddy.
Josie named her's "Beauty" and said Beauty looked like a tooth! Josie traced and cut her own-even cutting out a mouth. She said Beauty's mouth is "open in surprise because she is being adopted." We have been working on paragraphs, so this was good practice for that, too.
Carson was insistent on adding underpants to his alien. He also told me to put that Buttercup "only has stripes in the middle".
I love when I can find projects that work for both of them, and are fun, too. This project had math, reading, writing and grammar-but not really any science. I'm okay with that though, if aliens did exist, it would be in outer space! If you want to check out some of my other inspiration for the real science part of our unit, check out my Solar System Pinterest board.