Who would’ve thought Monday would become my favorite day of the week? It totally has! I look forward to Monday Made It alllllllll week long — both because I’m excited to share my hard work, but also because I am so inspired by what everyone else creates!
Mr. Plum and I took our little guy on an adventure this weekend to see the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a part of the National Air and Space Museum. William has a *tiny* obsession with space (and by tiny, I mean massive) and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to let him see the shuttle Discovery in person.
Let me just tell you… I teared up. We’ve been over my propensity to tear-up before, but oh my word, y’all. The nerd in me was not prepared for the sight of that spacecraft and the opportunity to see her up close. To see that, no, her surface is not shiny, and oh? that’s a stencil?!
Those types of moments are the moments we want our students to have. Those moments of complete awe and wonder. Those moments of discovery.
Which led me to this:
I took more than 150 photos while we were at the Hazy Center, and when I got to this one while reviewing them on my computer I just stopped. And then I thought, “this has to be in my classroom.” I jokingly turned to my husband and said, “hey — Discovery: it’s not just for astronauts.”
As soon as the words left my mouth my eyes got all wide and my brain did that thing where I just had to make this poster before I did anything else. And then I thought of all of you — and thought maybe, just maybe, there’d be someone out there that would want this in their classroom too.
This file is large enough to print as a 16×20 poster (I’m picking mine up at Costco this afternoon!!!), and comes with a release in the .zip file for you to do so without any hassle. I’ve uploaded it to my TPT store; you can either click here or on the image to go and download it!
To sweeten this Monday Made It, I would like to giveaway a printed 16×20 poster of this to one lucky follower. Simply enter the Rafflecopter below, and I’ll choose a winner on Friday!
I’m also planning on participating in TBA’s Freebie Friday this week in which I’m going to put together a pack of images of the space shuttle and other Smithsonian highlights I took that you can utilize for classroom use. (I actually went to art school briefly for photography, but that’s a story for another day!) So follow me and check back so that you don’t miss it!
The Meek Moose says
That poster is awesome! Our school's mascot is a space shuttle. We all ran outside the day it flew over head and watched it. Up to that point, I did not have any space books in my classroom library. Egad! I have no idea why. Just had overlooked it. But one of my little guys ran all the way back into the room ahead of the class to start pulling out book baskets looking for space books. It was overwhelming for me, I admit to getting weepy- so I went out that day and got a bunch of space books from McKays. Not exactly inspiring to make something, but inspired to DO SOMETHING for my kids.
The Meek Moose
This turned out absolutely awesome! Don't you love those moments of pure creativeness? Your students will love it.
Reaching for the TOP!
I have never really created anything for my classroom until this summer! All the blogs I have found and pinterest are what have inspired me
Heather Temske says
That is fabulous – both the trip with your son and the picture. Thanks for sharing!
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Just Wild About Teaching says
omg so creative…i love it =) im your newest follower…drop by
Just Wild About Teaching
Very cool poster! My sister would go bananas over it.
I created a student center in my room it has everything that is important to my students — lunch menu, class schedule, pencil sharpener, etc.
What a great poster and such a cute blog! Thanks for stopping by mine.
It is a small world! My husband teaches 6th grade in the same school as well! I wish you luck as you get ready for the school year. I am in Northern VA, so if you need any help with anything just message me. 🙂
Simply The Classroom<
I love the poster! I live in Tampa and take my 3rd graders to Kennedy Space Center's Overnight Adventure every year. It's an amazing trip and I feel blessed to have the chance to go. We talk about space for weeks leading up to the trip, focusing on space travel. Last year, they had just broken ground for the new building that they are creating to house the Shuttle Atlantis.