Thursday, October 30th

Students watched Science Court - Gravity and completed a DVD worksheet.  Students then read a gravity article and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science – Students completed a worksheet - Light and Latitude Across Continents (data sheet).  They received a data sheet with two unknown cities and they had to determine whether the city was in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.  They used sunrise data throughout the year to determine the location of the city.


Wednesday, October 29th

Students watched Bill Nye - Gravity and completed a DVD worksheet. They began watching Science Court - Gravity.
Honors Science – Students completed a seasons lab – The Shadow KnowsStudents shined a flashlight and three angles and measured the length of a piece of straw at each angle.  They also completed a seasons worksheet – Sunrise, Sunset. This worksheet looked at the change in daylight hours throughout the year in Salt Lake City.


Tuesday, October 28th

Students took two pre-tests today.  The first was the seasons unit pre-test.  Then, they took the gravity unit pre-test.  Once those were finished, students received the gravity unit lecture and notes.
Honors Science – Students completed a seasons lab - Tracking the Movement of Shadows Over TimeA straw was placed upright outside.  Students measured the angle of the shadow every five minutes for 30 minutes.


Monday, October 27th

Today the Clark Planetarium’s AstroVan was at our school.  Students learned about why the Moon has phases throughout the month.  They also learned about the size and scale of the universe.


Friday, October 24th

We completed the asteroids, comets, and meteors unit today.  Students took the unit final assessment.  Tuesday we will begin the gravity unit.
Honors Science – Students completed two seasons lab, Why Is Summer Hot?  and Catching Some Rays. Both labs had to be done outside, and today was a perfect day for the labs.  Both labs consisted of students placing thermometers at different angles and comparing temperatures. 


Thursday, October 23rd

Tomorrow students will be taking the asteroids, comets, and meteors unit final assessment.  Today, we reviewed.  First, students read and highlighted information on pgs. 48-49 of the 6th Grade Science Guide.  Then, students watched a number of short video clips to reinforce concepts: How Are Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors Different,  A Shooting Star, Asteroid Closely Passes Earth, Asteroid Collision, How a Comet’s Coma Forms, Meteor Showers, and the Geminid Meteor Shower.
Honors Science – Students completed two seasons labs.  Both showed how the sun’s angle affects whether we get direct or indirect sunlight.  The labs were:   Sun's Height Above the Horizon and Seasons Four Times a Year.


Wednesday, October 22nd

We began class with an Asteroid, Comet, and Meteor Quiz.  Students then read an article, Cool, Curious Comet.  They completed a worksheet.
Honors Science – Students completed a seasons lab – Why Angle Changes IntensityStudents shined a flashlight at four different angles and determined how much of the graph paper was covered.  This demonstrated how the larger the angle, the smaller area covered by the light.  The smaller the angle, the larger area covered by the light.  This demonstrated direct and indirect sunlight.


Tuesday, October 21st

Student made a three-layer review book.  One define meteoroid, meteor, and meteorite.  The second identified the parts of a comet.  We will be taking the end of unit test on Friday.
Honors Science – Students completed a size and scale of the Solar System activity – Distance Between the PlanetsUsing sheets of toilet paper, they laid out the position of each planet based on its distance from the Sun.


Wednesday, October 15th

Today we began with an asteroid, comet, meteor review quiz.  Students then completed a reading and a worksheet comparing comets and asteroids (Comets vs. Asteroids).
Honors Science – We began the seasons unit with the seasons lecture and notes.


Tuesday, October 14th

I was at SmartBoard training at the District Office today.  The substitute showed students Ride the Comet DVD and completed a DVD worksheet.


Monday, October 13th

Students read an article, The Adventure is Waiting. They completed a worksheet as well.
Honors Science – Each group was assigned an observatory (both on Earth and in space).  They were given information about the observatory and they put together a presentation for the class on their assigned observatory.


Wednesday, October 8th; Thursday, October 9th; Friday, October 10th

Here’s what we’ve done over the last three days.


Students watched Bill Nye – Comets and Asteroids and completed a DVD worksheet
Honors Science – Student completed a heat lab – Surface Color and Effect on Temperature Change. Students take two cups, one white and one covered with black paper.  They shine a heat lamp on the two cups for 25 minutes and record temperatures.  This activity is a demonstration of heat transfer by radiation.


Students read an article, Comets Myths, Facts, and Legends and completed a worksheet.
Honors Science – Review activities for the heat unit assessment.


Students completed a meteor lab – Meteorites and Meteorwrongs. Students are given four rocks and conduct tests to determine which rock was the meteorite.
Honors Science – Students completed the heat unit assessment.


Tuesday, October 7th

Today, students took a short Asteroid, Comet, and Meteor quiz. After the quiz, they completed the Meteor/Comet Worksheet - Falling Star. This consisted of reading an article about meteors and comets and then completing a worksheet.
Honors Science – Students did an electromagnetic spectrum Reading and WorksheetThey completed an electromagnetic lab – Wavelength and Energy. In this activity, students shook a rope simulating the amount of energy behind the waves and recorded their observations.


Monday, October 6th

Today we began our asteroids, comets, and meteors unit with the introductory lecture.  Students took notes and completed a comets graphic organizer.
Honors Science – Students had the electromagnetic radiation lecture (notes). We also began watching Bill Nye Waves.


Friday, October 3rd

We completed the Planet unit today.  Students took the unit final assessment.
Honors Science – Students complete a radiation lab Best AbsorberStudents used the same three test tubes from best emitter.  This time they put them in a test tube holder, and using a heat lamp, shined the heat on the test tubes for 20 minutes.  They had to determine which test tube absorbed heat the best.


Thursday, October 2nd

We completed the review for the test tomorrow.  Student read and article and completed a worksheet about Venus and Uranus – Venus and Uranus - the Strange TwinsThis article discusses why Venus is upside down and rotates backwards and Uranus is on its side and also rotates backwards.  Student completed a Solar System worksheet - Problem Solving - The Solar System.
Honors Science – Students completed a radiation lab, Best Emitter. Student covered three test tubes with white paper, black paper, and aluminum foil.  They filled them with hot water and placed stoppers in the test tube.  They let them sit for twenty minutes.  They checked their temperature at ten and twenty minutes.  The test tube with the lowest temperature best emitted heat energy.


Wednesday, October 1st

Students continued completing Solar System review assignments.  They worked on a second Solar System Data Sheet worksheet (data sheet). Once again, they were given facts and had to use the data sheet to identify the correct planet.  They were also given a series of riddles and identified the correct planet (Solar System Riddles).
Honors Science – Students did two heat convection labs.  The first, When Hot Meets Cold, demonstrated convection using two baby food jars, one filled with hot water and one filled with cold water.  They were placed in a container filled with room temperature water.  They punched a hole through an aluminum foil cover and watched how hot water rose to the top and cold water fell to the bottom.  The second lab, Water Wars demonstrated convection using test tubes.  Two test tubes were partially filled with hot and cold water.  Hot and cold water was dribbled into the opposite test tube and students observed how hot water in cold water rose to the top and cold water in hot water dropped to the bottom.