2/29/12

Wednesday, February 29th


Students received the Microorganisms Workbook IWe read On Your Mark, Get Set, Go, pgs. 1-4. This gave students an overview of what is mean when we talk about living things.  Students answered questions about the article on pgs. 4-6.
In the afternoon, students who had completed all assignments participated in the reward activity.  As students who had missing work completed their assignments, they were able to participate in the activities.

2/28/12

Tuesday, February 28th


We began our microorganisms unit today.  Students watched the video Understanding Bacteria – “Bacteria are truly on the rampage again. They've become immune to the best of our antibiotics, rendering once-treatable infections deadly. However, bacteria do more than make us cringe: Learn how they can be helpful, aiding in meal digestion, air and water pollution control, and even in the treatment of muscle disorders. “  Students completed a worksheet while watching the video.
Students began reading the current issue of ScienceWorld.

2/27/12

Monday, February 27th


Today we finished our Size and Scale unit.  Students finished the Know Your Galactic Address, pgs. 17-21, Size and Scale WorkbookStudents had to determine their “galactic address.”  It should go something like this:
  • Student’s Name
  • Classroom #1
  • Adele C. Young Intermediate School
  • Brigham City, UT
  • 84302
  • United States
  • Earth
  • Sun
  • Solar System
  • Milky Way
  • Local Group
  • Virgo Supercluster

After completing that assignment, they had the opportunity to work on any missing work.
In the afternoon, students completed the remainder of the ScienceWorld magazine assignment.  It was due at the end of class.

2/24/12

Friday, February 24th


We are in the process of finishing our Size and Scale unit.  Today, students completed Small & Large/Near and Far, pgs. 13-14, Size and Scale Workbook.   Students were given two sets of pictures.  They sorted the first set of pictures based on the picture that shows the smallest object to the largest object (Small & Large).  They sorted the other set based on which picture shows the closest object to which object is farthest away (Near & Far). 
Students also read Why the Universe is All History, pgs. 14-16 Size and Scale Workbook.   This article explains that, because of the size of the universe, we see everything in space as it looked in the past.  Their assignment was to write a summary of the article and explain why the universe is all history, pgs. 16-17, Size and Scale Workbook. 
Students watched a Mythbusters episode as a reward activity.

2/23/12

Thursday, February 23rd


Students worked on the Modeling the Orbits of the Outer Planets activity, pgs. 9-10, Size and Scale Workbook.  The model they made was a scale model of the orbits of the outer planets.  The purpose of the activity was for them to learn the importance of using scale models in science.  
In the afternoon, students worked on a Science World Magazine worksheet.  

2/22/12

Wednesday, February 22nd


Students worked on the Solar System on a Map activity, pgs. 4-7, Size and Scale Workbook.  Using the map on pg. 6 and table on pg. 5, students create a scale model of the Solar System.  They start at Brigham City and move south parallel to I-15.
In the afternoon, students worked on a Science World Magazine worksheet.  

2/21/12

Tuesday, February 21st



We completed the Scale Models Planet activity, pgs. 3-4, Size and Scale Workbook.  Students make cut-outs of each planet (Jupiter and Saturn are only ½ of the size of the planets).  They cut-outs are glued on top of each other, giving students a chance to compare the differing sizes of the planets.  Students needed into the afternoon to complete the assignment.

2/18/12

Xombie Rocket Demonstrates 'Sky Walking' and Landing


The Masten Space Systems suborbital rocket executed a successful lift-off, horizontal flight (sky-walking) of 50 meters down range and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port of Feb 2, 2012.

2/17/12

Friday, February 17th

Today we began working on the Scale Models Planet activity, pgs. 3-4, Size and Scale WorkbookStudents make cut-outs of each planet (Jupiter and Saturn are only ½ of the size of the planets).  They cut-outs are glued on top of each other, giving students a chance to compare the differing sizes of the planets.  We didn’t have time to finish today, so it will be finished on Tuesday.
The students had a good week, so they watched an episode of Mythbusters as their reward activity.

2/16/12

Thursday, February 16th

Students completed the Solar System – Gravity Unit Exam today.  I was pleased with the results.
In the afternoon, students read the current issue of Science World.

2/14/12

Tuesday, February 14th

Today we began a new unit – Size and Scale of the Universe.  We started with a lecture (Size and Scale of the Universe ).  Students took notes during the lecture.
After the lecture, the Size and Scale Workbook was handed out to the students.
Students watched Stars, Light Years, and the Milky Way and completed the video worksheet pgs. 1-2 in the Size and Scale Workbook
Students completed Solar System by Halves, pgs. 7-8, Size and Scale Workbook.  This assignment allowed students to get an idea about the scale of the planets and how spread out the planets are in the Solar System.  Students cut a piece of adding machine tape.  At one end, they placed a Sun sticker.  At the other end, they placed a Pluto sticker, representing the Kuiper Belt.  The folded the paper in half.  At the middle, they placed a Uranus sticker.  They folded it in half again, this time from Pluto to Uranus.  They placed a Neptune sticker.  The rest of the time, they folded the tape in half from the Sun end.  After each half-fold, they placed a planet sticker.  When done, they had a scale model of the Solar System.  They finished the assignment by answering the question on pg. 8.

2/13/12

Monday, February 13th

We completed the Moons, Rings, & Relationships assignment in the Gravity WorkbookStudent completed two graphs today.  One graph showed the relationship between orbital speed and the distance of the rings and moons from the center of Saturn.  The second graph showed the relationship between the distance of planets from the Sun and the orbital speed of the planet.  Students discovered that the farther from the center of Saturn (or from the Sun), the orbital speed of the planet/rings/moon decreases.
In the afternoon, students watched The Universe – Gravity.  (Gravity is the most powerful and exacting force in the universe. Gravity holds planets together, and keeps them orbiting their suns. Without gravity, stars, comets, moons, nebulae, and even the Earth itself would not exist.)  Students completed a worksheet while watching the video.

2/10/12

Friday, February 10th

In the morning, students worked on Moons, Rings, & Relationship, pgs. 18-20, in the Gravity WorkbookThis part of the assignments introduces students to the concept of what it takes to get an object into orbit and keep it there.  They will be using the information and applying it to the Saturn system.
In the afternoon, the radio telescope team had a session collecting data about Jupiter.

2/9/12

Thursday, February 9th

Today students took the asteroids, comets, and meteors unit test.
After the test, we began working on Moons, Rings, and Relationships, a gravity activity in their Gravity Workbook. 
In the afternoon, they completed the Sending Data from a Satellite to the Ground  and the ScienceWorld article summaries.

2/8/12

Wednesday, February 8th (Substitute)

Today all 6th grade science teachers met in our Professional Learning Community (PLC) for the day.  We had time to work on the different tests we give out students, making sure they are helping us know what our students have learned during each unit.  We also discussed upcoming changes for the next school year and how we can best help other teachers prepare to teach science.

Students watched the video “What is a Vomit Comet?”  This is a video produced by former astronaut Mike Mullane.  He answers questions he has been asked over the years he was an astronaut.  (Click here for more information about the Vomit Comet.)

In the afternoon students read the current issue of ScienceWorld and began writing summaries of three articles.

2/7/12

Tuesday, February 7th

Students completed a gravity lab activity, Around the World, pg. 15 in the Gravity WorkbookThe activity demonstrated how a satellite is sent into Earth orbit.  Based on the results, students were to answer a question explaining how the planets stayed in orbit around the Sun.
In the afternoon, student worked on Sending Data from a Satellite to the GroundStudents were given a table identifying what color a square should be colored.  When they were done, they would have a picture that looks somewhat like Neptune and the Ring Nebula.  This activity demonstrates how pictures are sent from space to Earth and then processed from an electronic file into a picture again.

2/6/12

Monday, February 6th

Students finished the assessment/assignment from Friday.
At the end of the hour, students turned in the Solar System performance test - Make a Planetary Travel Brochure.
In the afternoon, they finished working on the Space Exploration Timeline assignment and turned it in.

2/3/12

Friday, February 3rd

Students began working on the Planet Travel BureauEach student was assigned a planet and, using information they find out about the planet, they make a travel brochure promoting their planet as a vacation site.
In the afternoon, students watched an episode of Mythbusters.

2/2/12

Thursday, February 2nd

Today, students watched an episode from When We Left Earth.  The episode, The Explorers, presented the Apollo missions that explored the Moon and the Skylab missions.
Throughout the day, students continued requesting EarthKam pictures. 
In the afternoon, students continued working of the Space Exploration Timeline assignment.

2/1/12

Wednesday, February 1st

In the morning, students finished working on the Gravity Explorations, pgs. 6-12, in the Gravity Workbook.
In the afternoon, students continued working of the Space Exploration Timeline assignment.
Throughout the day, students began requesting EarthKam pictures.  Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) is an educational outreach program allowing middle school students to take pictures of our Earth from a digital camera on board the International Space Station. (Description from the website). 
Students have been using the EarthKam website to select locations on Earth to photograph.  When they are returned, students will learn how to examine and analyze photographs of a planet take from orbit.