Wednesday, November 30th

Here’s what we did today.
We worked on the following seasons lab activities:
  • Seasons Sequence – Students use a ball to represent the Earth.  They place toothpicks at each end.  Then, they move it to the four positions where we have seasons change (making sure the Earth always tilts in the right direction!).  They shine a flashlight on it as it goes around the “Sun.”  The activity reinforces yesterday’s lab, Reasons for the Seasons.
  • Angle of Light Rays and Surface Distribution – Students shine a flashlight three different angles (90 degrees, 60 degrees, 30 degrees).  They draw a circle showing how much area the light covers at each angle and compare the three.  This activity demonstrates that the larger the angle of sunlight, the smaller the area it covers; the smaller the angle, the more spread out the light is on the surface.  It demonstrates direct and indirect sunlight.
  • Began Seasons Lab Activity - Seasons Four Times a Year.
In the afternoon, we discussed principles of Radio Astronomy.  I have decided that I want to use the GAVRT program as a part of my class in the afternoon.  I’ll have more information later.


Tuesday, November 29th

Students were put into groups today.  Once they were in their groups, they each were given a specific responsibility (Captain, Materials Manager, Timekeeper, Data Keeper, and Wildcard).  Students are responsible for helping their group complete projects.

Students completed a seasons lab – Reason for the Seasons.  Using an Earth globe, students place it at four different places (representing the Earth’s location at each season).  They shine a flashlight on the Earth at each position.  They identify whether the Sun is located above, below, or on the equator.  This helps them determine the appropriate season.  They also see a model of how the Earth revolves around the Sun in a year and how the Earth appears.

In the afternoon, students continued working on the ScienceWorld magazine assignment.


Monday, November 28th

Students had a substitute today.

They watched a video in the morning (Journey to the Edge of the Universe).  They took notes while watching the video.  In the afternoon, they read ScienceWorld magazine and wrote summaries about the articles.


Curiosity on It's Way to Mars.

A signal from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, including the new Curiosity rover, has been received by officials on the ground. The spacecraft is flying free and headed for Mars after separation from the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that started it on its journey to the Red Planet. Liftoff was on time at 10:02 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


Coming Back Down to our Fragile Oasis

A time-lapse video is about as close as we can come to show what astronauts see in space. This time-lapse video is a collaboration between images taken by Ron Garan and Mike Fossum from the International Space Station and music from Peter Gabriel. The music featured in the video is Peter Gabriel's "Down to Earth".

All of the sequences for this video were shot by either Mike Fossum or Ron Garan. 


Tuesday, November 22nd

Today being the last day of the trimester, students had a chance to make up any missing work.  I was quite pleased.  Out of about 80 students in our core, I ended up with four students still missing work.  I was very pleased with the effort on the part of my students.

We will begin doing seasons lab activities after we return from the Thanksgiving break on Monday.

Have a great Thanksgiving.


Monday, November 21st

Students finished working on the Space Science textbook assignment.

They also began working on making a seasons vocabulary book using the key vocabulary from their notes. 

In the afternoon students participated in different Thanksgiving activities.


Friday, November 18th

After grading some of the textbook assignments, I realized that quite a few of my students didn’t know who to read and get information from a text.  Today was spent going over the text and showing students how to go about finding answers. 

In the afternoon, students with missing work worked on those assignments.


Thursday, November 17th

Today students continued working on the textbook assignment on the seasons (Space Science, pgs. 43-49).

In the afternoon, students continued working on the ScienceWorld assignment.


Wednesday, November 16th

Today, we watched Science Court:  Seasons.  After the video, students began working on the textbook assignment (Space Science, Section 2.1, pgs. 43-49).

In the afternoon, students worked on the ScienceWorld magazine assignment.