9/30/11

Friday, September 30th


Here’s what we did today.

The first group of students completed the first part of the constellations unit final test.  While the group was testing, and after the test, students worked on the Fall Constellations half-book.

In the afternoon, we had our Friday Finale activity.  Students made “pop” rockets. 

9/29/11

Thursday, September 29th


Here’s what we did today.

Students completed the paper plate projects.  They were used to help students understand the differences between rotation and revolution.

Students began a constellations “half-book” project.  They will write a book describing each of the constellations of fall.


9/28/11

Wednesday, September 28th


Here’s what we did today.

Students began making paper plate models that demonstrate the concepts of rotation and revolution.  These are important concepts.  Students will be dealing with rotation and revolution in the next three astronomy units.

Students made one model showing the circumpolar constellations.  As they move the circle with the drawing of the constellations, they move around the North Star.  This shows the rotation of the Earth.

The second model had a circle with a drawing of the Sun in the center and an Earth sticker.  It is placed on a plate that has the thirteen constellations (including Ophiuchus) in the Zodiac around the edge.  Under each constellation, they record the dates the Sun appears to move through that constellation.  This demonstrates the revolution of the Earth around the Sun.

In the afternoon, students finished Sidewalk Constellations.  Yesterday, they created a constellation and a myth explaining how their constellation got into the sky.  Today they went outside and, using sidewalk chalk, drew a picture and wrote the myth on the sidewalks in front of the school.

9/27/11

Tuesday, September 27th


Here’s what we did today.

Students completed the Straw Stars assignment in the Constellation Workbook (pgs. 29-31; pgs. 21-23 in the modified Workbook).  Students are given seven straws.  Each straw is cut to a certain length (representing the distance the star is from Earth).  Students tape a star on the straw and tape it to a drawing of the Big Dipper.  When they are done, they have a 3-D scale model of this distance the stars are from Earth.  They see that, even though the stars all appear the same distance, they are actual different distances.

In the afternoon, we began a create-a-constellation activity.  Each group created a constellation and a myth explaining.  Tomorrow they will share their constellations and myths.

9/26/11

Monday, September 26th


Here’s what we did today.

Students completed the Star Distances activity (pgs. 27-29 in the Constellations Workbook; pgs. 19-21 in the modified Workbook).   Students measure the length of seven threads to represent distances to stars in Orion.  A bead is tied at the end of each thread to represent the star.

9/23/11

Friday, September 23rd


Here’s what we did today.

Student continued working on assignments in their Constellations Workbook.  They are finishing through pg. 26 in their Workbook  - Using dipper finder and star clock (through pg. 19 in the modified Workbook). 

This leaves us with two assignments left.  Hopefully, we’ll finish the constellations unit by the end of the week next week.

We had out Friday Finale activity the last hour of the day.  Student made and played with gack.