9/27/12

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.

9/25/12

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).

9/24/12

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.

9/21/12

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.

9/19/12

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.

9/18/12

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.

9/17/12

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.

9/14/12

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.

9/13/12

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.

9/12/12

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?)

9/11/12

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. 

9/10/12

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, 

9/7/12

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.

9/6/12

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.

9/5/12

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.

9/4/12

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.