Friday, December 21st

Students were at school for a half-day today.  They stayed in their Prime Time class.  They watched the movie, The Lorax.  Later in the morning, the choir, orchestra, and band put on a Christmas performance for the students.  School was over at noon.
Students will be back on Wednesday, January 2nd.


Wednesday, December 19th

We reviewed for the constellations test tomorrow.  Most of the class was spent playing constellation Jeopardy.  We finished the remaining time watching parts of The Universe – Constellations.


Tuesday, December 18th

We had a guest speaker in class today, talking about constellations.  It was a great review for the test on Thursday.  


Monday, December 17th

Students completed a second activity demonstrating that, even though all stars look like they are the distance from Earth, they are different distances.  The activity is called Straw Stars.  Students make a model of the Big Dipper, cutting seven straws different lengths and taping the straw to a Big Dipper template.  They tape a star to the top of the straw.  When done, they see how the distances to the stars differ.


Friday, December 14th

Students made a  model of the constellation OrionThey had a cardstock template with seven named stars and their distance from Earth.  They measured a piece of thread an assigned length, tied a pony bead to it, and taped it to the template.  When they were done, they had a 3-D model showing the stars in Orion are different distances from Earth.


Thursday, December 13th

Students finished their hero constellation presentations (Should Uncle Fred Be in the Sky? )  Students began presenting their hero constellations to the class.


Wednesday, December 12th

Students who did not have an opportunity to present their Adopt-a-Constellation report yesterday did it today.
We started a create-a-constellation activity, Should Uncle Fred Be in the Sky? The assignment is to make a constellation of their hero.  The hero has to be a real person, living or dead.  They make and name a constellation and write an explanation why their hero should be in the sky.  We will finish them tomorrow and begin presenting them to the class.


Tuesday, December 11th

Students presented their Adopt-a-Constellation reports to the class.


Monday, December 10th

Today students took a constellations review quiz.  The purpose was to see what they learned and still need to learn as we approach the end of the unit.
We began working on the Adopt-a-Constellation (Adopt-a-Constellation Info File).  Students were assigned a constellation and then researched information about that constellation.  Tomorrow they will begin presenting their constellations reports to the class.


December 6th

We are in our third day of working on the constellations WebQuest - Starry, Starry NightTomorrow will be our last day working on this assignment.


Tuesday, December 4th

Students took a quiz reviewing yesterday’s lecture, seeing what they remembered.
After the lecture, we began working on a constellations WebQuest - Starry, Starry Night.  This will review the basic concepts students will need to understand at the end of our unit. 


Monday, December 3rd

We began our constellations unit in all classes today.  Students listened to the constellations lecture and completed a worksheet during lecture.
The objectives for this unit are:
STANDARD IV:  Students will understand the scale of size, distance between objects, movement, and apparent motion (due to Earth’s rotation) of objects in the universe and how cultures have understood, related to and used these objects in the night sky.
Objective 2:  Describe the appearance and apparent motion of groups of stars in the night sky relative to Earth and how various cultures have understood and used them.
a.    Locate and identify stars that are grouped in patterns in the night sky.
b.    Identify ways people have historically grouped stars in the night sky.
c.    Recognize that stars in a constellation are not all the same distance from Earth.
d.    Relate the seasonal change in the appearance of the night sky to Earth’s position.
e.    Describe ways that familiar groups of stars may be used for navigation and calendars.


Friday, November 30th

We finished the space exploration unit today.  Students took the unit final exam.  Monday, we begin the constellations unit.
Honor's Science Class – Students continued research on the Eyes in the Sky report.


Thursday, November 29th

Students watched, The Universe - The Catastrophes that Changed the Planets.  While watching the episodes, This episode explains how we have learned about major catastrophes on other worlds from space probes we send to study them.
Honor's Science Class – Students continued their research on the Eyes in the Sky report.


Wednesday, November 28th

After talking about satellites yesterday, we looked at what it takes to get that satellite into orbit.  Students completed the activity Marbles in Space.  Students set two grooved rulers on a box.  One ruler was raised three different heights (1”, 2”, & 5”).  Three different sized marbles were run down the ramp and students observed how far they travelled.  After completing Marbles in Space, students completed Satellite Subtraction.  Using subtraction problems, each alphabet letter was given a numerical value.  Using the code, they were able to decode the message.
Honor's Science Class – Students began researching information about satellites for their Eyes in the Sky report.


Tuesday, November 27th

We’re spending the last week of our space exploration unit studying satellites and space probes.  Today, there was a lecture to introduce the topic.
Honor's Science Class – We finished our request for pictures of the Moon (MoonKAM).


Monday, November 19th

Students watched the 5th episode in the When We Left Earth series.  It dealt with the first missions of the space shuttle.  Students completed a worksheet while watching the video.
Honor's Science Class – Students worked on the MoonKAM mission.  They requested photographs of the Moon for later study.


Thursday, November 15th

The Clark Planetarium Astrovan visited ACYI today.  The reason for the seasons was the 6th grade science standard discussed.  It was a great presentation and the students got an excellent introduction to this standard.
Honor's Science Class – Students continued the EarthKAM mission.


Wednesday, November 14th

We reviewed the Size and Scale unit today.  After the review, students who needed to/wanted to retake the test took it.
Honor's Science Class – Students continued the EarthKAM mission.


Tuesday, November 13th

Having watched the video about the Moon landing, students watched Mythbusters - NASA Moon Landing and completed a worksheet.
They looked at five myths.
  • Hoaxers claim that the picture below had to be taken with two lights otherwise the shadows of the lunar module and rocks would be parallel.  They showed that with only the Sun, and uneven terrain, the Sun could have produced the shadows we see.
  • Hoaxers claim the picture below was faked because the astronaut is entirely in the shadow of the lunar module.  They showed there was enough reflected light to produce the picture with the astronaut bright.
  • Hoaxers claim that the footprints on the Moon could only be made on moist soil.  They showed that, in a vacuum and in material similar to the lunar surface, the picture below could have been made on the Moon.
  • Hoaxers claim that the only reason the flag moved was because there had to be a wind.  They showed the flag would move the way the videos showed it did because of the vacuum.  It also only moved when touched by the astronauts.
  • Hoaxers claim the videos showing astronauts walking on the Moon were filmed at high speed so, when played back, it would look like the astronauts were walking in lower gravity.  They showed, through a number of tests, including flying on a Zero-G plane that created Moon gravity on the plane.  This showed slow motion was not involved in making the movies.
  • Finally, they bounced a laser beam off the reflectors left by the Apollo 15 astronauts.  The only way this could occur is if someone left a reflector at the exact site where the Apollo 15 astronauts landed.
The Hoaxers claims were “busted.”
Honor's Science Class – Students began participating in the EarthKAM mission.  The EarthKAM is located on the International Space Station.  Students request photographs of specific locations on the Earth be taken.  They will be taken and made available to the students.


Monday, November 12th

Today students watched When We Left Earth - Landing the Eagle and completed a video worksheet.
Honor's Science Class – Students watched When We Left Earth - Friends and Rivals and completed a video worksheet.


Friday, November 9th

Students watched When We Left the Earth - Friends and Rivals and completed a video worksheet.
Honor's Science Class – Students reviewed Summer on Icarus and identified what is currently scientifically correct and incorrect.  They presented their conclusions to the class.


Thursday, November 8th

Today we began watching the series When We Left the Earth.  This series was broadcast on the Discovery channel.  There are six episodes describing important parts of the space program.  I think it’s important students understand the accomplishments made by the astronauts and employees of NASA.  We watched the first episode, Ordinary Supermen.  The subject was the selection of the Original 7 astronauts and Project Mercury.  Students completed a worksheet while watching the video.


Wednesday, November 7th

Today was the last day to work on Kids Discover Telescope magazine worksheet.  It was due at the end of the hour.  For students who had completed the assignment, there was a crossword puzzle/word search assignment about space exploration.
Honor's Science Class – I’ve wanted to do an assignment with a class where they read a science fiction story and then determined what was accurate and what wasn’t.  Today, students read an Arthur C. Clarke short story, Summer on Icarus.  The story is about a crew working on the asteroid Icarus.  Icarus is an asteroid that approaches close to the Sun.  It took most of the class to read the story.  We will be discussing the story tomorrow. 


Tuesday, November 6th

After reading the Kids Discover Telescope magazine, students began working on the worksheet assignment.  It will be due at the end of class tomorrow.


Monday, November 5th

Today we began the space exploration unit.  In this unit, we will discuss ways we have used technology to learn about the Solar System, Milky Way galaxy, and the Universe.
We read the Kids Discover Telescope magazine as a class.  Students will work on the magazine worksheet tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 31st

Students watched two size and scale videos, Look to the Stars and Star, Light Years, and the Milky Way and completed a worksheet on both videos.
Honor's Science Class - Last day to work on the children's book assignment.


Tuesday, October 30th

Today students continued working on the size and scale activity - How Big? How Far? How Old? (cards)
Honor's Science Class – Continued working on the children's book assignment.


Friday, October 26th

We finished the size and scale activity - Scale Model Planets.  We began How Big? How Far? How Old? (Cards).  Students are given a set of cards and they have to determine the largest to the smallest, the closest to the farthest, and the youngest to the oldest.  We completed the activity through the “How Big” section of the activity.
Honor's Science Class – Student continued writing their children's book assignment.


Thursday, October 25th

Students began working on a size and scale activity - Scale Model Planets. Students made scale models of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.  The Jupiter model was a half-circle 66” in diameter.  The Saturn half-circle was 56” in diameter.  Uranus was a full circle 24” in diameter and Neptune was a full circle 22” in diameter. The Saturn half-circle was glued on top of the Jupiter half-circle.  Uranus and Neptune were both glued on top of the Jupiter/Saturn half-circles.  Tomorrow we’ll finish making the model with the four inner planets.
Honor's Science Class – Students continued working on the children's book assignment.


Wednesday, October 24th

We finished watching the Cosmic Voyage video and completed the worksheet.  Students completed a size and scale of Solar System activity - Solar System by Half.  Students get a six-foot strip of adding machine tape.  The place a Sun sticker on one end and a Pluto sticker on the other.  It is folded in half and Uranus is placed in the middle.  It is folded in half again from the Pluto end of the strip to Uranus.  Neptune is placed in the middle between Uranus and Pluto.  This process is continued on the opposite side (Sun side), folding in half each step and placing the planet on the fold.  This gives students a scale model of the Solar System.
Honor's Science Class – Continue working on the children's book assignment.


Tuesday, October 23rd

Today, we completed the Size and Scale lecture. After the lecture, we began watching the Cosmic Voyage video and students worked on a worksheet.
Honor's Science Class – Student were in the computer lab working on their children's book assignment.


Monday, October 22nd

Today we began the Size and Scale of the Solar System/Universe unit.  Students took the unit pre-test.  After the pre-test, we began the Size and Scale lecture.
Honor's Science Class – We went to the computer lab and students worked on the children's book assignment.


Tuesday, October 16th

Yesterday we finished the Solar System Unit and the re-take/make-up tests.  Our next unit is the Size and Scale of the Solar System/Universe.  I decided not to start this unit today because of fall break.  We will begin the unit on Monday, October 22nd.


Monday, October 15th

Today we reviewed the Solar System Planets unit.  After we reviewed, students took the Planets re-take test.
Honor's Science Class – Today was the last day in the computer lab.  Students finished their research for the children's book assignment.


Friday, October 12th

Today we reviewed the Solar System & Gravity section of the Solar System final assessment.  After the review, students took the Solar System & Gravity re-take test.
Honor's Science Class – Students continued researching information in the computer lab for children's book assignment.


Thursday, October 10th

We began the remediation/test retake for the asteroids, comets, and meteors unit.  I was pleased with the results.  With the exception of two students, all students who had a 2 proficiency on the test increased their proficiency on the test.  We will continue remediation/test retake tomorrow.
Honor's Science Class – Students received their Solar System children's book assignment.  The day was spent in the computer lab researching information for their book.


Wednesday, October 10th

Today students finished watching Bill Nye – Outer Space and completed the worksheet.  They watched Galaxies and the Expanding Universe.  This video took them on a tour through the universe.
Honor's Science Class – Students finished watching the Solar System videos and worksheets.  The rest of the hour, students worked to complete the remaining Solar System assignments (Solar System Trading Cards & Solar System Cinquain).


Tuesday, October 9th

Students watched videos that introduced the concepts in our next unit, size and scale of the Solar System and universe.  Our Place in Space explained the location of Earth in the Milky Way galaxy and the Milky Way galaxy in the universe.  Bill Nye - Outer Space gave students an overview of the universe.
Honor's Science Class – Students watched How the Solar System Works.  This video explains the structure of the Solar System (Sun, planets, comets, asteroids, etc.) as well as the role gravity plays in the Solar System.  They next watched Our Rocky Neighbors - The Inner Planets.  The video reviewed properties and characteristics of each of the rocky planets.  The Gas Giants - The Outer Planets reviewed properties and characteristics of each of the outer gas giants. 


Monday, October 8th

Students who required remediation on the asteroids, comets, and meteors unit began today.  The remaining students worked on the Solar System Puzzle assignment.
The Honors Class worked on and finished  last week’s assignments. Two new assignments were made, Solar System Trading Cards and Solar System Cinquain.


Friday, October 5th

Today we finished the Solar System unit by taking the planets test.  Next week, students will have a chance to re-take or make up the three tests we took this week.
The Tales Comets Tell timeline and history (timeline cardsand the Asteroid Eros Poster assignment were due at the end of the hour.
The Honor's Science class completed the Kids Discover - Planets and worksheet.  Students then completed the Classifying the Solar System assignment.


Thursday, October 4th

Today, students took the Gravity portion of the Solar System test. 
When students finished the test, they were to complete the Tales Comets Tell timeline and history (timeline cards).  Once they completed the assignment, they began the Asteroid Eros Poster assignment. 
The Honor's Science class watched 95 Worlds and Counting and complete a worksheet about the video.


Wednesday, October 3rd

Students took the Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors portion of the Solar System test. 
When students finished the test, they were to complete the Tales Comets Tell timeline and history (timeline cards).  Once they completed the assignment, they began the Asteroid Eros Poster assignment. 
The Honor's Science class read Kids Discover - Planets and complete a worksheet.


Tuesday, October 2nd

Students read The Daily Shooting Star and completed the worksheet.  After reading each story, students had to decide if the story was fact or fiction and explain why they think it’s fact or fiction.
The Honors Science class began working on the Solar System unit with the Solar System Lecture.


Monday, October 1st

Students continued working on the Tales Comets Tell timeline and history (timeline cards) assignment.  Using timeline cards, students outline major events.  Using that information, they write a one-page history about our knowledge of comets.
The Honors Science class began the Mars Image Analysis assignment.  Students are beginning to learn how to analyze images.


Thursday, September 27th

Students finished the Gravity Explorations activity in the Gravity Workbook(pgs. 11-12).  The second part of the activity shows students how far they can jump on another planet.  They jump five times and determine their average distance.  Using that, they calculate how far they can jump on other planets.
The Honors Science class continued working on Blue Marble Matches (pgs. 9-11).  They are comparing the geological processes on Earth and Mars.


Tuesday, September 25th

Students watched Science Court - Gravity and completed a worksheet. 
Students began working on Gravity Explorations (Gravity Workbookpgs. 10-11).  They determined their weight on planets and moons.
The Honor's Science class continued working on identifying geological processes on satellite photographs (Blue Marble Matchespgs. 7-9).


Monday, September 24th

We completed two gravity labs today.
Orbital Period: Time of Revolution (Gravity Workbookpgs. 4-7) – Students are given three washers on strings.  The strings are three different lengths (18”, 30”, 48”).  They spin each string five times for ten seconds.  The number of revolutions in ten seconds is averaged.  They should find that the longer the string, the fewer revolutions.  This demonstrates why planets farther from the Sun revolve slower than planets nearer the Sun.
Free Falling (Gravity Workbookpgs. 7-9) – Students are given four film canisters, numbered 1-4.  In canister 1, there is one washer; canister 2, two washers; canister 3, three washers, canister 4, four washers.  Each canister is weighed and the weight is recorded.  Then each canister is dropped (1 is dropped at the same time as 2, then 3, then 4; 2 is dropped at the same time as 3, then 4; 3 is dropped at the same time as 4).  They observe which canister hits the ground first.  All canisters hit the ground at the same time regardless of the number of washers.  This demonstrates that all things fall at the same rate, regardless of weight.
In Honors Science, we completed Blue Marble Matchespgs. 3-6. Students classified eight Earth photos based on what formed them (wind, water, volcano, impact).  They learned how to identify each type of land formation and began analyzing pictures of landforms made with water.


Friday, September 21st

We completed two gravity labs today.
Gravity on Earth – The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate all objects fall at the same speed.  Students take four different sized rubber balls.  Each ball is dropped three times and another student times the length of the drop (until it hits the floor).  Students compare results and will find drop times are close regardless of the size of the ball.
Investigating Microgravity – A nut is tied to a rubber band and taped inside a paper cup.  Students drop the cup and observe what happens.  They saw that the nut, hanging at the side of the cup when dropped, falls at the same rate as the cup.
The Honors science class began working on Blue Marble Matchespgs. 1-2. This is a NASA activity that helps students learn how to recognize geological process in satellite pictures.  This workbook will last about two weeks.  At the end, students will be able to determine whether the geological processes in a picture was made by wind, water, volcano, or impact.


Wednesday, September 19th

Students completed the Staying Up While Falling Down, pgs. 4-6, Gravity Workbook.  The purpose of the activity was to demonstrate how the strength of the Sun’s gravity affects how long it takes a planet to revolve around the Sun.  We used a washer to simulate gravity.  The smaller the washer, the weaker the gravity The larger the washer, the stronger the gravity.  In order to keep from falling in the Sun, the closer to the Sun a planet is, the shorter amount of time it takes to revolve around the Sun.
After the lab activity, we watched How the Solar System Works video.
The Honors Science class completed the Interpreting Satellite Images activity.  This gave them more experience learning how to analyze satellite photographs.


Tuesday, September 18th

Looking at our unit pacing guide and felt it was time to take a break from planets, comets, asteroids, etc. and begin discussing gravity and how it affects the Solar System. 
Students watched the Bill Nye Gravity video and students completed a worksheet.
We completed the Quicker activity (pgs. 3-4).  This activity demonstrated one of the reasons planets closer to the Sun move faster than those farther away.  This is because the planets farther from the Sun travel a longer distance as they revolve around the Sun.
In the Honors Science class, students completed What Can We Learn From Satellite Images? (Earth Image SetMars Image Set).  Students compared pictures of Earth and Mars, identifying similarities and differences between the pictures.


Monday, September 17th

Students worked on their Solar System Workbooks (Workbook IWorkbook IACWorkbook IP, or Workbook IISolar System Data Sheet reference source).  All I-level workbooks were due on Friday.
The Honor’s class completed the Mars WebQuest.


Friday, September 14th

Students continued working on the Solar System workbooks (Workbook IWorkbook IACWorkbook IP, or Workbook IISolar System Data Sheet reference source).  All of the Workbook I workbooks are now due.
The Honor's Science class work on the Mars WebQuest.  The purpose of the WebQuest is to introduce the students to Mars.


Thursday, September 13th

Students watched the video 95 Worlds and Counting.  This video discusses specific moons in the Solar System.
Students also worked on their workbooks (Workbook IWorkbook IACWorkbook IP, or Workbook IISolar System Data Sheet reference source).
Students in the Honor’s Science class continued studying satellite photos.  Today they compared and contrasted pictures of Earth and the Moon.


Wednesday, September 12th

Students continue working on their Solar System workbooks.  Workbook I & II are due at the end of class on Friday (Workbook IWorkbook IACWorkbook IP, or Workbook IISolar System Data Sheet reference source).
In the Honors Science class, we have begun the Mars Student Imaging Program (MSIP).  Students will begin by learning about satellite images.  (What Are Satellite Images?)


Tuesday, September 11th

Students continued working on the Solar System workbooks (workbooks (Workbook IWorkbook IACWorkbook IP, or Workbook IISolar System Data Sheet reference source).  When students complete a workbook, they take an eight-question quiz.  They must score a 6 or higher to move to the next workbook.  If they don’t, they study and then re-take the quiz.
Students working on Workbook IAC and Workbook IP should have completed the workbook and taken the quiz by the end of the hour today.
In the Honor’s Science class, students watched a video, Traveler's Guide to the Planets - Mars.  This video gave them an introduction to Mars.
Disclosure statements were also handed out today (sorry they’re so late!) (6th Grade Science; 6th Grade Honors Science).  Students must return a signed disclosure statement to be able to participate in lab activities. 


Monday, September 10

Today we began working on the Solar System workbooks.  Students were assigned workbooks based on their pre-test scores.  The workbooks handed out were:  Workbook IWorkbook IAC, Workbook IP, or Workbook IISolar System Data Sheet reference source.
The Honor’s Science Class finished the Scientific Method Workbook (Vocabulary Puzzle) by completing the Simple Rocket Science activity, pgs. 17-21, 


Friday, September 7th

We finished the Solar System lecture and notes today.  Monday we begin the work on the unit.
The Honors Science class finished the Chocolate Chip Cookie Lab on page 13 in the workbook.  We then completed the All Fired Up lab on page 15.


Thursday, September 6th

We began the Solar System lecture today.  We covered the inner rocky planets, outer gas giants, and dwarf planets.
In the honors science class, we discussed quantitative and qualitative observations.  Students completed pgs. 10-13 in the workbook. After completing those pages, students completed the Chocolate Chip Cookie Lab beginning on pg. 13.


Wednesday, September 5th

We were able to complete the Solar System Pre-Test today.  The information will be used to help plan the Solar System Unit.
In the Honors Science Class, we discussed the difference between an observation and inference.  An observation is what you see or actually observe.  An inference is where you observe something and come to a conclusion based on your experiences.  You may not have all the facts.  We finished through page 11 in the workbook.


Tuesday, September 4th

Today the science classes took the Solar System Pre-test.  This will help me better plan how to approach our Solar System Unit.  All students didn’t finish today, so we will finish it tomorrow.

The Honors Science class began working on the Scientific Method Workbook (Vocabulary Puzzle), pgs. 3-9.


Friday, August 31st

Today we finished the series of eight experiments.  You can get a copy of the experiments by clicking here.


Thursday, August 30th

During the first week of school, students are doing a series of  eight experiments.  You can get a copy of the experiments by clicking here.

The purpose of the experiments is to give students an introduction to scientific experiments.  Most students haven't done an experiment in a science class before coming to ACYI.  I want to give them an opportunity to begin doing experiments.

We will continue through Friday.


Screaming Down to Mars

ESA's Mars Express orbiter set its radio antenna to hear the descent of the Mars Science Laboratory. The resulting signal was converted to human-rated audio: MSL's 20-minute entry is compressed to 19 seconds.


Curiosity Landing Photo

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took this picture of Curiosity as it lands.

Cool Picture!

Curiosity on Mars!

The Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, has successfully landed on Mars!

First Photo


7 Minutes Of Terror, Landing On Mars

Curiosity lands on Mars August 5th, 11:31 p.m. MDT.


Phantom Catch

Here's a video clip from a game last night.  It looked like it was a good game.  Too bad the ump was not watching.


The Levitating Slinky

The Levitating Slinky.  When you drop a slinky, the bottom doesn't move until the top reaches it. Science!


22nd Perfect Game Pitched in Baseball

Matt Cain, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, pitched a perfect game, striking out 14 batters.  This ties the record for the number of strikeouts in a perfect game.  (Sandy Koufax also struck out 14 batters in his perfect game in 1965).

Is this the greatest perfect game pitched in the history of baseball?  David Schoenfield, of ESPN.com, makes the case that it is.


Wednesday, May 23rd

Students completed inference worksheetsWhile working on the assignment, students watched The Universe - How Big? How Far? How Fast?
In the afternoon, students cleaned out lockers and started getting ready for the last days of school.


Tuesday, May 22nd

Students worked on Scientific Method Review worksheets. In the afternoon students worked on the ScienceWorld magazine assignment.


Thursday, May 17th

Students took the Heat, Light, and Sound Unit final exam today.
In the afternoon, students continued working on the ScienceWorld magazine assignment.


Tuesday, May 15th

Students completed a quiz about pitch.  Thursday they will be taking the heat, light, and sound unit final.
They worked on Should Uncle Fred Be in the Stars assignment and presentation.  We completed this assignment earlier in the school year.  This time, there were two conditions added to the assignment.  When creating their constellation, they must select a person and they must know that person.  Student will present their completed assignment to the class.
In the afternoon, students began reading ScienceWorld April 30, 2012 issue and writing article summaries.


Monday, May 14th

All the posters were to be finished and turned in at the end of the hour today.
In the afternoon, students worked on the ScienceWorld magazine assignment.


Thursday, May 10th

Students finished the Decoding Secret Messages activity. 
Student began working on the Light Posters assignments.  Students are to make two posters, one explaining reflection and the other explaining refraction.
Student continued reading ScienceWorld May 14, 2012 issue and complete worksheet.


Wednesday, May 9th

The Heat Posters were due at the end of the hour today.
Students bean working on a light activity - Decoding Secret Messages. Students color-by-number five pictures.  Then, using a color analyzer (3x5 card with diffraction grating, red cellophane, and green cellophane over three different holes) to decode the word or picture. 
In the afternoon, students finished the Mythbusters - Hindenburg Mystery worksheet.
Students started reading ScienceWorld May 14, 2012 issue and began working on a worksheet.  


Tuesday, May 8th

We began the hour by reviewing heat transfer for students who didn’t do well on the Heat Transfer Quiz yesterday.  After we reviewed, students were able to retake the quiz.
Student continued working on the Heat Posters
In the afternoon, we started watching Mythbusters - Hindenburg Mystery.  Student began a worksheet while watching the episode.


Monday, May 7th

Today we began by students taking a Heat Transfer Quiz. Students were given ten pictures showing forms of heat transfer and students identified which form of heat transfer was shown.
Next, students listened to two podcasts - F.I.R.E. - High Flying Aircraft (This podcast discussed how NASA is studying clouds over the Arctic region. It explains how NASA is better trying to understand how clouds affect the environment.) & Volcanoes and Global Warming - The Chilling Effect (This podcast discusses how the eruption of Tambora caused 1816 to be the "year without summer.").  While listening to the podcast, students completed a worksheet.
Students began working on Heat Posters assignments.  Students are to make three different posters showing how heat is transferred by conduction, convection, and radiation. 
Afternoon - watch Mythbusters - Pirate Special and complete worksheet.


Monday, April 30th

Today we completed three sound experiments.  The first was Plucker UpStudents place a string in a cup (held in place with a paper clip).  They put their cup to their ear and pluck the string, listening to changes in pitch as the string got longer and shorter.
Next, they completed Party LineStudents made a “phone” and added other “phones” to their lines.
Students made a straw kazoo (Straw Sounds).
In the afternoon, students finished working on the review assignments.


Outer Space

Outer Space from Sander van den Berg on Vimeo.

The footage in this video is derived from image sequences from NASA's Cassini and Voyager missions. I downloaden a large amount of raw images to create the video. 
The song is The Cinematic Orchestra -That Home (Instrumental).


Friday, April 27th

We finished our light unit with a refractions activity, It's Bent.  This was a two-part activity.  The question for the first part was:  Does the amount of water in a cup affect the refraction of light?  Students place ¼-cup, ½-cup, ¾-cup, and 1-cup of water in four different cups.  They placed a straw in each cup.  Based on their observations, they answer the questions.  The second question was:  Does the thickness of a liquid affect the refraction of light?  Students place water, vegetable oil, corn syrup, and shampoo in four cups.  They place a straw in each cup.  Based on their observations, they answer the questions.
Students completed the first sound lab - Tuning Fork Observations Students were given two different size tuning forks (one smaller, one larger).  They listen to the pitch and determine how the size of the tuning fork affects its pitch.  Then they hit one fork and place it on a desk.  Students place their ear on the desk and record what they hear. 
In the afternoon, we finished the Microbe Magic worksheet.


Thursday, April 26th

We finished the heat experiments doing The Marshmallow Roasts. The activity demonstrated heat transfer by radiation.  To complete the activity, students roasted and ate a marshmallow.
We began the light unit with Paddle ColorsStudents received six clear plastic color paddles (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet).  They combined different color paddles to see what color was produced.
We ended the day with Why is the Sky Blue?   Students put about twelve drops of milk in a clear jar of water.  They shined a light through it and saw a blue tinge. 
In the afternoon, we went into Computer Lab and used the Microbe Magic website to complete the Microbe Magic worksheet.


Wednesday, April 25th

We completed two convection activities today.  The first was When Hot Meets Cold. Students filled up a container with tap water.  They filled up two baby food jars, one with hot water (colored red) and the other with cold water (colored blue).  They put on aluminum foil on top of the jars.  They were placed in the container on their sides.  Holes were poked in the foil.  They observed the water as it moved out of the jars.  They saw the hot water rising towards the top and the cold water falling towards the bottom.
The next activity was The Great Spiral. Students cut a spiral sheet of paper.  A piece of thread is taped on the spiral.  It’s held above a burning candle.  Eventually it will begin to spin because the hot air is rising.
In the afternoon, students watched Stars, Light Years, and the Milky Way and completed a worksheet. They continued working on the Phases and Constellations worksheets.


Tuesday, April 24th

Students completed two heat labs today.  The first was How Can You Have an Ice Cube Race?  Student measured the air temperature in one cup.  Using room temperature and hot water, students fill the second cup with water at the same temperature.  An ice cube is placed in each cup and they are observed until the first ice cube melts.  The purpose is to determine if water is a good insulator.
The other lab was The Great Spoon RaceStudents took a metal spoon, plastic spoon, and wooden craftstck and placed a penny on the handle using coconut oil shortening.  They are put into hot water and students identify which penny falls off first.  The purpose is to identify which is the best conductor of heat – metal, plastic, or wood.
In the afternoon students watched Observing the Night Sky and complete worksheetThey continued working on the Phases and Constellations worksheets.


Monday, April 23rd

We reviewed the principles of sound by watching Bill Nye Sound. 
We began our heat labs with Who's the Conductor?  Students take five containers made of aluminum, glass, plastic, Styrofoam, and plastic and place hot water in each container.  After about five minutes, they determined with objects were heat conductors.
In the afternoon, students finished Phases of the Moon worksheets and began working on Constellations worksheets.


Friday, April 20th

We began class by watching two Bill Nye videos reviewing the principles of light.  These were Bill Nye - Light and Color and Bill Nye - Light and Optics. 
After the videos, we began the sound lecture.
In the afternoon students watched Mythbusters.


Thursday, April 19th

Today, students completed the Yeast Beast lab activity.  They saw that the slice of banana had been decomposed by the yeast.  The slice of banana just placed in a bag didn’t look all that great, but the size of the slice was unchanged.
Students watched Bill Nye - Heat. 
We continued the heat, light, and sound lecture with a discussion of the principles of light.
In the afternoon, students finished their Seasons Review worksheets and began working on Phases of the Moon review worksheets.


Wednesday, April 18th

Student checked the status of their bananas today (Yeast Beast). 
Students examined their agar plates to see how effective spice was in preventing the growth of bacteria (Spice Up Your Life).  Most students found the spice inhibited the growth of bacteria.
We began the heat, light, and sound lecture.
In the afternoon, student worked on Seasons Review worksheets.


Tuesday, April 17th

Students checked their bananas (Yeast Beast).
We began a new experiment - Spice Up Your LifeStudents placed bacteria on an agar plate and were given a spice.  They covered half the plate with their spice to see if spice affects the growth of bacteria.
We watched Science Court – Living Things.
In the afternoon, students watched Bill Nye – Seasons and completed a worksheet while watching the video.  This was part of the seasons unit review.


Monday, April 16th

The rest of the classes completed the Bacterial Growth and Antibiotics assignment. 
Next, students checked their bananas to see how the yeast was affecting their banana (Yeast Beast).
Students completed the How Sugar Affects Yeast lab activity.  Students placed yeast and sugar in one cup and yeast only in the other.  They observed the cups for ten minutes and recorded their observations.
We will be taking the science core test in about a month.  We started reviewing the seasons unit.  Students watched Science Court – Seasons and completed a video worksheet.


Friday, April 13th

Yesterday we began growing bacteria to see how specific antibiotics affected its growth.  Only 4th hour’s bacteria had grown to the point we could look at our results and analyze them.  2nd & 3rd hours samples were left in the incubator.  We’ll look at them on Monday.
All three classes began Yeast BeastThis lab activity investigates the effect of yeast on the decomposition of a slice of banana.  Students placed one small slice (2 cm thick) in a plastic bag.  A second piece was coated with ½-teaspoon of yeast.  They will be examined each day until Thursday. 
2nd and 3rd hours completed the How Sugar Affects Yeast lab.  Students placed yeast and sugar in one cup and yeast without sugar in another cup.  The observe growth for ten minutes and determine how sugar affects the growth of yeast.
In the afternoon, students watched an episode of Mythbusters.


Thursday, April 12th

Students began a microorganisms lab activity - Bacterial Growth and Antibiotics. Students were given a sample of bacteria and they put the sample on the agar plate.  Next, students placed four different antibiotic discs on the bacteria.  The purpose of the activity is to see how antibiotics affect bacterial growth.
We continued working on scientific method worksheets.
In the afternoon, students finished working Kids Discover Germs & Microbes  worksheets.


Wednesday, April 11th

We watched two videos today - Real World Science - Scientific Method and Lab Equipment Safety. After the videos, we began working on scientific method worksheets.
In the afternoon, we watched Cosmic Journey.  This is a review of the size and scale of the universe.


Tuesday, April 10th

We began the scientific method unit today.  Before we begin the microorganisms unit experiments, students need to understand the scientific method.  We began with the Scientific Method lecture.  Students completed their scientific method notes during the lecture.
In the afternoon, students worked on their Kids Discover Germs worksheet.     


Wednesday, April 4th

Students began class by studying their microorganisms concept cards. A quiz on the microorganisms vocabulary followed.
Since today was a late start day, we only had about 15 minutes left in class after the quiz.  Students watched an episode of Mythbusters - Head Rush. 
In the afternoon, we had our reward activity for students with no missing work.


Tuesday, April 3rd

Students finished two assignments today.  The first was the Introduction to Beneficial BacteriaIn the afternoon, students finished the Astronomy Review - Internet Scavenger Hunt worksheet.


Monday, April 2nd

Students began class by studying their microorganisms concept cards. There will be a quiz on vocabulary Wednesday.
Students then began working on the Introduction to Beneficial Bacteria assignment.  They research information about beneficial bacteria.  When they are done, they make a collage of pictures that show beneficial uses of bacteria.
We’re about six weeks from the science core test.  We began reviewing astronomy.  Students started an Internet Scavenger Hunt worksheet in the afternoon.  They used websites located at Astronomy Review.


Friday, March 30th

Today, students watch an episode of the Food Network series Good Eats.  The episode watched was Yogurt - Good Milk Gone Bad.  The episode discusses how bacteria are used to make yogurt.
After watching Good Eats, students worked on the Microorganisms Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle.
In the afternoon, we watched Mythbusters.


Thursday, March 29th

Student spent both morning and afternoon observing protozoans today.  They took samples and made slides to observe.


Wednesday, March 28th

Today we reviewed some food handling standards and guidelines.  Students read the guidelines and completed a worksheet.
In the afternoon, students began reading Kid’s Discover Microbes, pgs. 2-11 and complete a worksheet.  This section concentrates on beneficial microorganisms.


Tuesday, March 27th

Students followed up yesterday’s Disease Report by making a Microbe Wanted Poster identifying the microbe responsible for causing the disease on which they reported.
In the afternoon, students spend one last day working on missing work.


Monday, March 26th

Students worked on You Make Me SickEach student is assigned a disease.  They read their handout to get some basic information (what causes it, how do you get it, what are the symptoms, and how is it treated).  They put together their report and present it to the class.
In the afternoon, students worked on missing work.


Friday, March 23rd

Students watched Formaldehyde Theater – Microorganisms, a short video that review information about microorganisms.
Students completed The Case of the Perils at the Picnic and What's My Diagnosis.  Students are given symptoms of an illness and they use a classification key to identify the disease.
In the afternoon students worked on missing work.


Thursday, March 22nd

We began class with a review of harmful microorganisms.
Student the completed The Case of the Perils at the PicnicThey read about a picnic and were asked to identify the things that were done wrong.
Students with missing work worked on it in the afternoon. 


Wednesday, March 21st

Students took a quiz about protists.  Most did an outstanding job.  They’re beginning to understand protozoans.
After the quiz, students began working on the Scientists Report assignment.  Students write a brief biography about seven scientists who have advanced our knowledge about microorganisms.
In the afternoon, students continued working on the What is a Microbe booklet using What is a Microbe book.


Tuesday, March 19th

Here’s what we did today.
Students finished the Discover for Yourself How to Make a Model of a Protist worksheets in the Bacteria-Protist Worksheets assignment. 
They then completed the Microorganisms Timeline assignment.  Using information about specific scientists, students complete a timeline showing key scientists and how they increased our knowledge of microorganisms.  Near the year, they write the name and the scientists’ contribution.
In the afternoon, they worked on the What is a Microbe booklet using What is a Microbe book.