Students will be back on Wednesday, January 2nd.
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 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.
Students made a model of the constellation Orion. They 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.