Thursday, April 23, 2015

What Else is in the Solar System?

Today we reviewed our notes on the planets and discussed the formation of the Solar System.  We took Cornell-style notes in our notebooks (p.229) from the powerpoint presentation on my webpage,link.

It was a great mind-blowing  conversation! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Our Solar System

Today we launch beyond the Earth and the Moon to explore the other parts of our Solar System.

We will watch a short video classic with Bill Nye the Science Guy introducing the scale of the planets in the solar system. This week you will take notes as you explore the solar system!  You will make a min-book to show off all that you learned about our solar neighborhood.  Check out the resources on my webpage!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Earth to the Moon

Today, we are finishing up Apollo 13.  To help you better understand the enormity of the task of landing on a specific site on the moon, we will make a scale model of the Earth and the Moon, using a tennis ball, and/or marbles of various sizes.

Pick one that you think accurately represents the correct size of the earth and moon and place them appropriately to model the distance between them, as well.  Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

The tremendous amount of time, money, and human resources that has been invested in the Space Program and made it possible to solve all the problems along the way to the moon and back, has resulted in a variety of technological advances present in our modern day society, from Tang and freeze-dried food, to Velcro and communications technology, the spin-offs from the space program have changed our lives.  You may write one-page of research on any of these advances, or find your own instead of doing yet another workbook page (233-234) if you choose.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mousetrap Powered Cars Complete!

And the winners are...
Delany for Most Original Mousetrap Powered Car  and Clea for Most Elegant Exterior of a Mousetrap Powered Car !  Congratulations!
Delaney will also compete in the Mousetrap Powered Car Race for Super Speed on Wednesday in the Gym!
This week we are finishing our physics notebooks and watching Apollo 13!  
Today, we discussed day, night, and the reasons for the seasons.  Remember to think about roasting marshmallows!  Which hemisphere gets roasted and why?