Story and Photos by Ed Emmons (Museum Internet Tech)
It was the 2nd grade Delavan Grade School students turn Thursday morning to take a small field trip to the American Legion in Delavan and learn about the solar system and have a fun learning experience at the same time.
Sixteen 2nd Grade students from Mrs. Lesson's class ( Joanna Adair was the substitute teacher for the day), came to listen and learn about the solar system from Museum staff volunteers, Barbara Tidaback, Lara Campbell, and Museum President Christal Dagit Thursday morning. They would learn about the solar system by dressing up as the planets, and stars, listen to a book called, "Postcards From Pluto", read by Barb Tidaback, make their own postcards, make a space shuttle out of paper, and see a real live O-ring from a previous space shuttle.
Also helping out the Museum staff today were parent Mindy Mason, Glenn Holmes of the Delavan Historical Society, And Grandparents Don and Jane Matthews.
The students started the day off by dressing up to represent the eight planets and one dwarf planet, and to learn about each one of them. The Sun of course is really a star and the closest star to the Earth. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. Venus is the second planet from the sun and has no moons. Earth is the third planet from the sun and has one moon. Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and has two moons. It is called the red planet because of its colors. Jupiter is called the King of planets and is the largest planet which is fifth from the sun. Its has four large moons and is covered with colorful clouds. Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun, is yellow and gray in color and is known for its rings.Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and has a bluish-green color. It has rings and five large moons. It spins on its side. Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun and also has rings. It is blue in color and has a spot called the Great Dark Spot. Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet and is the farthest from the sun so it is covered with ice.
The Museum would like to thank Delavan Grade School, the American Legion, and the Army National Guard Armory.