Thursday, October 31st

Today, students completed The Pull of the Planets lab.   In this lab, students use a plastic sheet in an embroidery hoop to demonstrate gravity.  They place different objects on the sheet to see how much the “gravitational force” of the object warps space.
Student then began to work on a gravity worksheet, Gravity ExplorationsStudents determine how much they would weigh on the other planets.
Honors Science – Students began a project, Autobiography of a Meteor & CometStudents are to write about an autobiography of a comet and meteor, using what they know about both.


Tuesday, October 29th

Students completed two gravity labs.
Staying Up While Falling Down – This activity simulates the gravitational pull of the Sun and why planets closer to the Sun revolve faster than planets farther from the Sun.  Using washers, a tube, and a practice golf ball on a string, students add washers and determine how much effort is needed to keep it revolving around the Sun. 
Gravity Lab - Orbital Time Period of RevolutionStudents simulate the orbits of planets using string and a washer.  Students get a six-foot piece of string and tie knots at 18”, 36”, and 54” from the washer.  They twirl it over the head, using just enough effort to keep the washer revolving around the student.
Honor's Science
Students completed reading Falling Stars and completed the worksheet
Students took an Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors quiz.


Monday, October 28th

Today, students watched Science Court - Gravity and completed a video worksheet
They completed a gravity lab – Free Falling. This was another Galileo type experiment, seeing if objects fall at the same rate regardless of weight.  Students dropped four film canisters with washers (1-4).  They were dropped two at a time until all canisters had been dropped and compared against the other canisters.
The honors class read Comets vs. Asteroids and completed a worksheet.   They also read Falling Stars and completed a worksheet.


Friday, October 25th

Students finished watching the Bill Nye - Gravity video and completed the worksheet.
Students completed a gravity lab - Gravity on EarthStudent repeated Galileo’s experiment.  They dropped three different sizes of rubber balls, one at a time.  They timed how long it took to go from the hand to the floor.  Each drop was repeated three times.
Honors Science
Students watched MythBusters - Beat the Radar Detector and completed a worksheet.


Wednesday, October 23rd

Students took the Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids unit assessment.
Our next unit is gravity and how it keeps the Solar System together.  We began watching Bill Nye - Gravity.


Tuesday, October 22nd

Students finished worked on the Three-Tab Book.  They were to take it home and study for the unit test tomorrow or Thursday. 
Students completed an activity, Meteorites or Meteorwrongs. Students were given a bag with four rocks.  They were told to examine carefully the four rocks, determining which rock was the meteorite.


Monday, October 21st

We began talking about meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites.  A meteoroid is when the rocky object is in space.  When it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it becomes a meteor.  If it’s large enough to hit the surface of the Earth, it’s a meteorite.
Students read Falling Stars and completed a worksheet.
The next assignment was to complete a Comet, Meteor, and Asteroid table. A statement was made and students had to determine if it describes a comet, meteor, asteroid, or more than one of those three.
The final assignment was to make a Three-Tab Book.  On the first tab, students write “Meteoroid” and write a description under the tab.  The other two tabs were for “Meteor” and “Meteorite.”


Tuesday, October 15th

Students completed a unit vocabulary Criss-Cross Puzzle. This helps them become more familiar with unit terms. 
Students then read Comets vs. Asteroids and completed a worksheet.  This assignment gave students facts about comets and asteroids.  The purpose of this assignment was to give students an opportunity to begin to distinguish differences between the two Solar System bodies.


Monday, October 14th

Today, students read an article, What Are Comets Made Of? and completed a worksheet.
Students made a model comet (Comet on a Stick) and simulated the comet going around the Sun (hair dryer representing the Sun).


Thursday, October 10th

Student worked on the Introduction to CometsThe assignment consisted of reading an article about comets and completing a worksheet.


Wednesday, October 9

Thanks again to all the parents who came to parent/teacher conference tonight.  I enjoy meeting with parents and my students.
Students watched The Universe - Ride the Comet and completed a video worksheet.


Tuesday, October 8th

Thanks to the parents who came to parent/teacher conferences tonight.  I enjoyed meeting with you and your student.  If you couldn't make it tonight, please come tomorrow (3:30 - 7:00).  I would enjoy meeting with you and your student.

We finished our planets unit today.  Students took the final assessment. 

For the rest of the time, students finished watching Bill Nye - Comets & Meteors and completed the worksheet.


Monday, October 7th

Students worked on two assignments.
  • Students learned about the characteristics of a planet, dwarf planet, and asteroid.  They watched a video and completed a worksheet
  • Students learned why Venus and Uranus rotate clockwise while the other planets rotate counterclockwise and complete a worksheet.
We began to watch Bill Nye - Comets and Meteors and complete a worksheet.


Friday, October 4th

Today was the final day students could work on the following assignments in class:


Thursday, October 3rd

We began the day by students taking a Solar System Review Quiz.  We’re approaching the end of the unit, and I wanted to see what they were learning.  I was pleased with the results.

During the rest of the hour, students worked on the Planetary Travel Brochure assignment (Planet Fact SheetsPlanet Data Sheets),  C-Level assignments, and/or B-Level assignments - Classifying the Solar SystemHistory of Saturn Discovery and Wish You Were Here. 


Wednesday, October 2nd

Students watched The Traveler's Guide to the Planets - Mars and completed a video worksheet.