4/29/11

Friday, April 29th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

We finished the phases of matter lecture.   After the lecture, students watched Bill Nye - Phases of Matter and completed a worksheet.

6th Grade

I had planned on giving the Size of the Universe and Solar System/Constellations Final today.  1st Hour completed the test; however, there was a problem that affected the rest of the day.  Mrs. Tantilla-Thomas was also giving a test, using Senteo clickers.  It seems (as we found out) that we both can't give a test at the same time.  The first class to start becomes the class. For example, if Mrs. Tantilla-Thomas started first, when my students tried to login to my class, the computer only recognized the other class.  There was no way we both could give a test at the same time.  We decided that she would give her test today and I would give mine on Monday.

The other three classes watched an episode of Universe - Space Probes.  This discussed how we are learning about our Solar System and the universe by using these probes.  (Space exploration is a part of our upcoming Solar System unit.) 

4/28/11

Thursday, April 28th

Both classes will be taking the science core test on Monday and Tuesday, May 16th & 17th.  If you know your student will not be at school on the 16th and/or the 17th, please have them let me know as soon as possible.  Arrangements will be made for them to take the test before they leave.  Thanks!

7th Grade

We began the phases of matter unit today. We began with the lecture today.

6th Grade

We completed our final constellations activity today.  Students made a model of the Big Dipper showing the distance of the stars from the Earth.  Student cut seven straws seven different lengths.  They taped the straws to a Big Dipper template.  On top of the straw, students taped a star.

Below is a picture of today's activity, as well as a picture of yesterday's activity.

4/27/11

Wednesday, April 27th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students finished working on their Atoms Hall of Fame accordion book.

6th Grade

Student worked on Star Distances from their Constellation Workbook (pgs. 10-11). 

Students use a diagram of the constellation Orion.  The distance to seven of the stars is given on the diagram.  They tie a bead to the end of thread and, using a table in the workbook, they measure it and cut it the proper length.  They tape it on the diagram.  Then they hold it flat, the beads hang down, different lengths.

The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate that stars in a constellation are different distances from Earth.

4/26/11

Tuesday, April 26th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Student began working on making the Atoms Hall of Fame accordion book.  Students identify eight key scientists who contributed to our knowledge of the atom.

6th Grade

We completed Should Uncle Fred Be in the Sky? assignment by presenting their created constellation to the class.

4/21/11

Thursday, April 21st

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students watched two videos - The History of the Atom Parts 1 & 2.  While they watched the videos, they completed worksheets in their atoms workbook.

6th Grade

Students finished their Adopt-a-Constellation presentations.

After presenting information about existing constellations, students began their next assignment - Should Uncle Fred Be in the Sky?  Students will create their own constellations and write a myth explaining how their constellation got into the sky.

4/20/11

Wednesday, April 20th

Here's what we did in school today.

7th Grade

Students made an "element cube" using the information from the element used for their Adopt-an-Element assignment.  Each side of the cube contains specific information about their element.

6th Grade

Students presented their Adopt-a-Constellation constellation report to the class.

4/19/11

Tuesday, April 19th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students presented their Adopt-an-Element report to the class.

6th Grade

Students had some time to complete pages 1-9 in their Constellation Workbook.  

Student were assigned a constellation as a part of the Adopt-a-Constellation assignment.  Students get basic information about their constellation (including the myth explaining how the constellation was placed in the sky).  When they are complete, they will present information about their constellation to the class.

4/18/11

Monday, April 18th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students finished up their work on the Adopt-an-Element assignment.

6th Grade

We started class with students either re-taking the seasons test (if they had studied the review notes) or making up the test because they were absent.

Students began working in their Constellations WorkbookThey complete pages 1-6.

Next, students made a star finder to help them find constellations in the night sky.  Using the star finder, students completed the assignment on pgs. 8-9 in the Constellations Workbook.

4/15/11

Friday, April 15th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students began working on the Adopt an Element assignment.  Each student was assigned an element.  They researched information about the element, made an element block, and came up with an "advertising slogan" for their element.

6th Grade

We concluded the constellation lecture and note taking.

Students watched Constellation Myths.  Three myths were discussed - Orion, Big and Little Dipper, and Perseus/Andromeda. 

4/14/11

Thursday, April 14th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students continued working on the Kids Discover Atoms assignment.  Today was the last day students would have time in class to work on the assignment.

6th Grade

We began our constellations unit with the lecture and students taking notes

4/13/11

Wednesday, April 13th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students continued working on Kids Discover Atoms worksheet.

6th Grade

Students made a scale model of the Sun and Earth.  After making a Sun 56 cm in diameter, they went outside.  The Earth is about 100 Sun diameters from the Sun.  Students took one hundred steps, the length of each step equal to the diameter of the Sun.  Starting at the east/west sidewalk along the parking lot, most students were within 15-20 feet of the north fence.

Students then completed Near & Far/Small & LargeStudents organized a set of pictures based on size (from the smallest object to the largest object).  Next, they organized a set of pictures based on what is nearest to us to the farthest object.

Students will be able to retake the Seasons test on Monday.  In order to retake the test, they have to study the review notes

4/12/11

Tuesday, April 12th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

We began our matter unit by studying atoms.  The first assignment is to read Kids Discover Atoms magazine and answer the questions in the workbook.

6th Grade

Students finished working on the Solar System on a Map assignment. 

Students completed Know Your Galactic AddressStudents address an envelope with their entire address (school, city, state, country, planet, solar system, galaxy, local group, major galactic cluster).

4/11/11

Monday, April 11th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students took the adaptations unit exam.

6th Grade

Students made a scale model of the Solar System.  The scale used was 1 cm = 1,000,000 km.  Students made this on the lawn in front of the school.  When completed, the model was about 200 feet long.

Students began working on Solar System on a MapUsing a map of Northern Utah, students identify where a planet is in relationship to Brigham City.

4/8/11

Friday, April 8th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

What happened to the woolly mammoth?  At one time, it thrived in North America. Students worked on an Internet activity dealing with the woolly mammoth.


6th Grade

Students completed two size and scale of the Solar System activities.
  • Solar System by HalfStudents get a piece of adding machine tape (length doesn't matter).  They place a sticker of the Sun at one end and Pluto (representing the Kuiper Belt) at the other.  The tape is folded in half.  Uranus is placed on the middle fold.  Next, the tape is folded in half between Uranus and Pluto.  Neptune is place on that fold.  The tape is then folded in half between the Sun and Uranus.  Saturn is placed on the fold.  The tape is folded between Saturn and the Sun.  Jupiter is placed on the fold.  As so on until all planets are placed on the tape.  I like this activity because there is no measuring involved.  No matter how long the adding machine tape, you will get a scale model by making the proper folds.
  • Solar System BeadsStudents make a model of the Solar System (scale - 3 cm = 93,000,000 miles [one astronomical unit]).  Using string and colored pony beads representing each planet, students place the beads at the proper intervals to get a scale model Solar System (distances only). 

4/7/11

Thursday, April 7th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students continued watching Alien Planet.

6th Grade

We began class by watching three short video clips about the structure of the universe.  These were What's Between the Stars, What Happens When Galaxies Collide, & What is the Nearest Galaxy to the Milky Way.  

We continued watching Cosmic Voyage.  The hour ended watching Bill Nye - Outer Space. 

4/6/11

Wednesday, April 6th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

We began watching Alien Planet.  This is a fictional program filmed as a documentary.  A space probe has been sent to another planet with the mission to explore the planet.  The program describes environments as well as possible life forms.  Life form adaptations are also discussed.

6th Grade

We began our size and scale of the universe unit with a lecture and notes.  

After the lecture, we began watching Cosmic Journey.  This is an updated of the Powers of Ten video.  We start at a point and move away from that point, increasing the area we see by the power of ten until we reach the edge of the universe.  Then, we go into an atom, decreasing the area we see by the power of ten.

4/5/11

Tuesday, April 5th

Here's what we did today.

7th Grade

Students completed an adaptation activity - Hide's the Name, Seek's the Game.   This activity demonstrates camouflage.  Students spread out a sheet of paper.  On the paper, 50 white dots, 50 dots made from newsprint, and 50 black dots are spread out.  Using tweezers, students collect as many dots as they can in 30 seconds.  What students find when they count their results is that the largest number of dots they have collected is black.  White follows with newsprint the lowest number.  This is because the newsprint (and the white to a lesser extent) blend in with the background.

This shows the student how camouflage helps animals to either survive or be more effective predators.

6th Grade

We completed our seasons unit with the seasons unit final exam.

4/4/11

Monday, April 4th

Here's what we did today in class.

7th Grade

We finished the Bird Beaks activities today.  Students chose a beak - chopsticks, tweezers, or a spoon.  Then, for 30 seconds, they collected food (glass marbles, toothpicks, pennies) one item at a time.  At the end of the 30 seconds, they counted how much food they collected.  They compared the results of all groups members, answered questions about how adaptations and beaks.  They also graphed the results (how much food of each type) each beak collected.

6th Grade

Tomorrow students will take the seasons unit final test.  As a review, students made a Seasons Review Layered Book.   The information included in the book is:  why is the Earth tilted, diagram and explain the tilt of the Earth as it revolves around the Sun, diagram and explain why we have direct and indirect heat energy, explain how hours of daylight change throughout the year, and explain why seasons are reversed between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

4/2/11

Friday, April 1st (Substitute)

It's that time of the school year when I begin reviewing previous units preparing students for the State Core Test.  That's what was done today.

7th Grade

Student reviewed the classification and cells unit.  This was done through and Internet Scavenger Hunt.

6th Grade

Students completed two review activities.

Kids Discover Microbes Magazine Scavenger Hunt.  Students were given a worksheet with questions about microorganisms.  Using the magazine, students answer the questions.
Crossword Puzzles.  Students completed three crossword puzzles containing key terms from the following units:  phases of the moon, reason for the seasons, microorganisms, and heat, light, and sound.