1/30/14

Thursday, January 30th

Students completed a worksheet dealing with the seasons, A New Slant on the SeasonsWe also completed a lab activity - Sun's Height Above the Horizon. Students shined a flashlight on graph paper and three different angles to measure how much area was covered based on the angle of sunlight.  Students learned the larger the angle, the more direct the sunlight; the smaller the angle, the more indirect the sunlight.
Honor's Science – We finished watching Traveler's Guide to the Solar System - Mars. We began the first Mars activity, Blue Marble Matches Activity I.   Students are beginning to learn how to identify geological features from satellite photos.


1/28/14

Tuesday, January 28th

Students completed two seasons activities.  The first is called Earth's Movement Around the SunStudents placed an Earth globe and four different locations on their desk (representing the location of the Earth at each season).  They shined a flashlight and determined if the Sunlight centered above, below, or at the equator at each point.
The second activity was called Seasons Four Times a Year. Students shined a flashlight on graph paper from four different angles.  The purpose of the activity was to demonstrate that the lower the angle of sunlight, the larger the area covered and the more indirect the sunlight is; the higher the angle, the smaller the area covered and the more direct the sunlight. 
Honor's Science
Students read a series of four articles that showed how, as technology improved, we learned more about the asteroids.  They readings and worksheets are:  Seeing Faraway Things as Though Nearby; It Was a Dark and Starry Night; What Can You See With a Telescope; I Can See You More Clearly.


1/27/14

Monday, January 27th

Today, we began our Reason for the Seasons lecture .  Students completed a lecture worksheet.  Students watched Science Court – Seasons.
We began the Space Exploration Unit in Honors Science.  Students read Kids Discover Telescopes and completed a worksheet.


1/23/14

Wednesday, January 23rd

Today we completed an activity, Paint by the NumbersIn this activity, we simulated sending a picture from a space probe to Earth.  Using a grid, they were told what colors to make each grid.  When they were done, they should have had a picture of a house with windows and a door.  We also reviewed for the space exploration unit test tomorrow.
Honor's Science – Students completed three worksheets, Phases of the Moon Worksheet I, Phases of the Moon Worksheet II and Phases of the Moon worksheet IIIThese worksheets showed how to identify each phase of the Moon based on the position of the Earth, Moon and Sun.  We also reviewed for the Phases of the Moon test, Part II.


1/22/14

Wednesday, January 22nd

Today students took a quiz coverning what we have studied in the space exploration unit so far.
They completed a space exploration activity - There's a RAT on My Rover.  Students simulated the rock abrasion tool on the Mars rovers. 
They used a Newton Berries cookie and a stick pretzel.  They “drilled” into the cookie like the RAT would a work and analyzed their results.
In Honors Science, students completed the Phases of the Moon Assessment, Parts I & III.


1/21/14

Tuesday, January 21st

Today, students read an account of the one-millionth observation made by the Hubble Space Telescope (StarWitness News, Hubble's One-Millionth Observation) and they completed a worksheet.
They also completed a space exploration - Marbles in Space.
Honor's Science – Students completed a phases of the Moon quiz.  They also completed three worksheets dealing with Moon phases:  Phases of the Moon Worksheet I, Phases of the Moon Worksheet IV, and Phases of the Moon Worksheet V.


1/16/14

Thursday, January 16th

Today, students completed two space exploration worksheets, What Can You See With a Telescope? and Comparing Reflecting and Refracting Telescopes.  
The first reading and worksheet picked up where It Was a Dark and Starry Nightleft off.  There was a forty-year break between discovering asteroids.  It was only after the telescope was improved that more asteroids were discovered.
Students also watched Bill Nye – Space Exploration.
Students compared and contrasted Comparing Reflecting and Refracting Telescopes.  With that information, students completed a graphic organizer.
In Honor’s Science, students completed two worksheets identifying the phases of the Moon:  Identify Phases of the Moon and Phases Worksheet II.





1/14/14

Tuesday, January 14th

Today, students worked on two worksheets.
Seeing Things Faraway as if Nearby – Students read an article about the invention of the telescope and completed a worksheet.
It Was a Dark and Starry Night – ­Students read an article explaining the role the telescope played in the discovery of the asteroids.  It also demonstrated the importance of scientists working together as they discovered the asteroids.  After reading, students completed a worksheet.
Honor's Science – Students finished making the models of the phases of the Moon.


1/13/14

Monday, January 13th

After having read Kids Discover Telescopes Magazine, students used the magazine to complete a worksheet.
Honor's Science – Students made models of the phases of the Moon using modeling clay.


1/7/14

Tuesday, January 7th

The students who were required to retake the phases of the Moon tests took them today.  After they finished, we began watching When We Left Earth - The Eagle Has Landed.

The Honors Science class completed reading Kids Discover Moon magazine and completed the assigned worksheet.  

1/6/14

Monday, January 6th

Today, students prepared for the phases of the Moon unit retake.  Students worked on review worksheets based on their proficiency level on the final test.  Student worked on one of the following:  Part I reviewPart II reviewPart III review.  They were given a Phases Fact Sheet to use as they completed the review.
Honor's Science – Friday, some students still had questions about why we have phases of the Moon.  To help them better understand the concept, they completed the Going Thru a Phase lab activity.  This helped answer questions.  They began reading Kids Discover Moon magazine.