Students finished working on their Solar System VocabularyGraphic Organizer.
Students were told to take them home to have them available for studying for
quizzes and tests. They completed a Solar
System Vocabulary Criss-Cross
Students made a Sun Angle Analyzer (analyzer). Unfortunately, it was overcast by the time
they finished them. We will try again on
Students completed a seasons worksheet Sunrise, Sunset. Students
answered questions about daylight hours in Salt Lake City throughout the year.
The second worksheet, Light and Latitude Across the
table) gave students two mystery cities.
They graphed the daylight hours in the city and determined if the city
was in the northern or southern hemisphere based on hours of daylight in each
Note: Thursday, October 22nd,
students will take the seasons end of unit assessments. Each student was given a seasons review booklet. They should review this before taking the
assessments on Thursday.
Students completed a seasons lab - Why is Summer Hot? Using two thermometers at different angles,
students measured the temperature of one thermometer facing the Sun. The second thermometer was placed flat on the
ground. This demonstrated direct/indirect
heat energy from the Sun. The
thermometer that faced the Sun was the warmest because it received direct
sunlight. The thermometer flat on the
ground was cooler because it received indirect sunlight.
Students completed a seasons activity - Reason for the Seasons. Using a light bulb to represent the Sun,
students moved an Earth globe at four different positions representing the
location of the Earth at each of the seasons.
After the activity, students completed the season vocabulary quiz.
Students completed two seasons lab. Why Is Summer Hot? and Tracking the Movement of
Shadows Over Time. With Why is
Summer Hot, students had two thermometers, one getting direct sunlight and the
other getting indirect sunlight. The
other activity had students mark the location of the shadow of a straw over
When we come back from fall break, students will take the
seasons assessments. Students were give
a Reasons for the Seasons review
booklet. The booklet was read and students highlighted important concepts
in the booklet. Students also made three
graphic organizers and glued them at the appropriate places in the review
booklet ( Direct/Indirect
Heat energy, Seasons
Tilt, and Reverse
Students completed a seasons lab - Sun's Height Above the Horizon.
Students were give the height of
the Sun above the horizon on the summer and winter solstice and the autumnal
and vernal equinox. They shined a light on graph paper, identifying how much
area would be covered by heat energy from the Sun on all dates.
Students watched Science Court - Seasons and Bill
Nye Seasons and completed a worksheet.
Thursday, October 8th
Students completed two seasons labs. The first was Seasons Four Times a Year. Students shine a light at four different
angles on graph paper. They counted the
squares covered and determined how many square inches was covered based on the
angle of the light source. The second
lab was The Shadow Knows.
Students shine a light at three different angles. They shine it at a straw piece. At each angle, they measured the length of the
Students read Chapter 1 & 2 in the MSIP Reference Manual. This
covered a history of the study of Mars as well as early space probe exploration
of the planet. They completed a worksheet.