10/31/11

Monday, October 31st


Here’s what we did today.

The Phases B-Layer workbook/modified workbook was handed out to students.

Students completed two assignments today.  They read the Blue Moon Mistake article and answered questions about the article.  The article explained how Sky and Telescope helped create a false definition for a blue Moon over 60 years ago.  The correct definition of a blue Moon is four Full Moons during a season.  There is normally only three Full Moons during a season. 

They also completed the Graphing the Phases of the Moon assignment.  Students calculate how many days each phase of the Moon lasts.  Using that information, they make a bar graph.

In the afternoon, students read a Native American myth (The Girl Who Married the Moon) explaining why we see phases of the Moon and answered questions about the myth.

Myths can be an interesting part of science.  I consider those who created the myths the first scientists.  They were trying to find an explanation for what occurs in the natural world.  Today’s scientists do the same thing.  We have the advantage of knowing more than they did.  Still, our purposes were the same.

10/28/11

Friday, October 28th


Here’s what we did today.

We were able to complete the Making a Sun Clock activity, pg. 10-12 C2 Workbook (pgs. 8-10 C2 modified workbook).   Students placed their Sun clocks outside and lined it up with the Sun showing the current time.  They observed periodically through the class hour.  As the time passed, the shadow on the clock moved the correct distance.  This helped students to see the rotation of the Earth in action.

Too many students were missing assignments.  Students who were missing assignments were required to complete them today.  By the end of the day, only two students had not turned in all the assignments.  It’s great to get those missing assignments turned in.

10/27/11

Have a 360 degree View of Shuttle Discovery's Cockpit

Here is a website that will allow you to have a 360 degree view of Discovery's cockpit.  You can control what you see, enlarge areas, move around and look at it.  This is a great site.  Thanks to Mrs. Farrer at ACYI for the link!

360 Degree View of Discovery's Cockpit.



Thursday, October 27th


Today was the last day students will have class time to work on the C2 Workbook (C2 modified workbook).  I hope to have the last two activities (Making a Sun Clock and Tracking the Sun) completed by Monday.

10/25/11

Tuesday, October 25th


Here’s what we did today.

The students who didn't take the phases vocabulary quiz yesterday took it today.  

Students are finishing up assignments in the C2 Workbook (modified workbook), with the exception of two assignments, Making a Sun Clock and Tracking the Sun.  We need a clear, sunny day to complete the assignments.  When we get that day, we will complete these assignments as a class.

In the afternoon, student completed the rotation/revolution activity.

10/24/11

Monday, October 24th

Here’s what we did today.

Students took a phases of the Moon vocabulary quiz at the beginning of class.

After they completed the quiz, they continued working on the C2 Phases Workbook.  They should finish up to page 7 in the workbook (pg. 5 in the modified workbook).

Looking at the results of the quiz, I found that a significant number of students still don’t understand the difference between rotation and revolution.  In the afternoon, we started working on some remediation activities.

10/18/11

Tusday, October 18th


Here’s what we did today.

We began working on the C2 Phases Workbook.  Students completed the assignments on pgs. 1-5, and began working on the Phases of the Moon Book, pgs. 6-7 (pgs. 1-3, begin Phases of the Moon Book, pgs. 4-5 in C2 modified workbook).

The assignments on pgs. 1-5 (pgs. 1-3 modified workbook) (Moon Phases Activity II and Moon Orbit Spin Chart) dealt with students identifying the position of the Sun, Earth, and Moon at each phase.

Students are making a book showing the phases of the Moon to complete the Phases of the Moon Book.

In the afternoon, students finished working on the C1 Phases Workbook.