Tuesday, November 25th

We finished the size and scale of the universe unit today.  Student took the size and scale of the Universe unit final assessment.
Honors Science – Students watched MythBusters - Hidden Nasties.


Monday, November 24th

Tomorrow students will be taking the size and scale unit assessment.  We reviewed for the test with a quick overview of what was learned (review).  Students also watched Galaxies and the Expanding Universe.
Honors Science – Students conducted a microorganisms lab - How Sugar Affects YeastStudents grew yeast in one flask that had sugar and one that had no sugar and compared their results.


Thursday, November 20th

Students read a Read Student Background Information on size and scale and completed a worksheet. They also completed a worksheet – Complete Extraterrestrial ExcursionsStudents calculated how long, traveling a 25,000 mph, it would take to travel to various Solar System locations.
Honors Science – Students completed a microorganisms lab - A Yeastly FeastStudents gave yeast eight different foods and recorded how the yeast grew.


Wednesday, November 19th

Students completed a size and scale activity - How Big, How Far, How Old(cards)  Students were given cards with astronomical pictures.  They were told to take seven cards and determine the order of distance from nearest to farthest; they took seven different cards and had to determine size from smallest to largest; they took seven different cards and had to determine age from newest to oldest.
Honors Science – Students did two microorganisms activities.  The first was the Microbe Mystery BoxEach box contained different foods.  Students had to identify which microorganism helped to make the food.  The second was How Does Temperature Affect the Growth of Yeast?  Students grew yeast in two different containers with water and different temperatures, one hot and the other cold.  They determined how the temperature affect the growth of yeast.


Tuesday, November 18th

We began today with a size and scale of the Solar System Quiz.  Students made a Galaxy Venn Diagram using fact sheet.  Using the same fact sheet, students made a galaxy layered book.  They took the book home to study before the unit final exam.
Honors Science – Students worked on a website, the Microbe Zoo and completed a worksheet.


Friday, November 14th

Students completed a Solar System size and scale activity – Solar System on a BeadStudents, using a piece of string and a bead for each planet, made a scale model of the Solar System showing how far apart the planets are.
Honors Science – Students took a microorganisms quiz.  They also completed two worksheets.  The first, Microorganisms Overview gave students a look at what characteristics an organism must have to be alive.  The second, Microorganisms Group Characteristics introduced them to bacteria, fungi, and protozoans.


Thursday, November 13th

Students completed the Solar System scale activity - Solar System by Halves. Students took a strip of adding machine tape and, following instructions, folded parts of the tape in half and placed a planet sticker at the correct spot.  When done, they have a model of the Solar System showing how far apart the planets are.  They also completed a scale of the universe worksheet - Know Your Galactic AddressThey put together their galactic address beginning with the seat in the classroom and ending with our galactic supercluster. 
Honors Science – We finished the Microorganisms Lecture.


Wednesday, November 12th

There wasn’t enough time yesterday to finish the Stars, Light Years, and the Milky Way DVD.  We finished it today.  We began a Solar System Scale activity - Solar System by Halves.
Honors Science – We continued the Microorganisms Lecture.


Tuesday, November 11th

I spent the day at the District Office in SmartBoard training.  The substitute showed two DVDs – Cosmic Voyage and Stars, Light Years, and the Milky Way. 
Honors Science – Students watched Understanding Bacteria.

Monday, November 10th

We began our size and scale of the universe unit today.  There was the introductory Size and Scale Lecture. Then student watched Bill Nye – Outer Space.

Honors Science – We began our microorganisms unit with the Microorganisms Lecture.


Wednesday, November 5th

Students completed a gravity lab – Staying Up While Falling DownThis lab activity demonstrated why planets closer to the Sun move faster and those farther away move slower. They worked on the Gravity Explorations. Students determined their weight on other worlds.
Honors Science – We reviewed for the Seasons end-of-unit assessment.


Tuesday, November 4th

Students completed two gravity labs.  The first, Attraction of Objects of Different Masses in Space. Students were given magnets with different pulls.  They moved the magnet towards a metal ball and recorded how close it was when it pulled the ball.  The more powerful the magnet, the farther away it would attract the ball.  The second, Orbital Period: Time of RevolutionStudents twirled a washer on a string of different lengths.  The shorter the length, the faster it moved.  The longer the length, the slower it moved.  This demonstrated why planets close to the Sun revolve so fast and those farther away revolve slower.
Honors Science – Students completed the Making a Sun Clock.  They made a Sun clock and observed it over a half-hour.  Students completed a seasons review worksheet – Reasons for the Seasons.


Monday, November 3rd

Students completed two gravity labs today.  Both labs were similar to Galileo’s experiment throwing two different objects with different weights.  The first was Gravity on Earth. Students dropped five balls of different sizes.  They timed how long it took each ball to hit the ground.  The second lab was Free Falling. Students dropped four film canisters with one, two, three, and four washers in the canisters.  They compared how long it took each canister to hit the ground.
Honors Science – Students had a seasons quiz. They completed a seasons review worksheet What Do You Know?