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Archive for the ‘Astronomy’ Category

I had the privilege to be at the press site yesterday as a member of the media to watch the final launch of Atlantis – and the final shuttle launch ever. It was beautiful, and a nailbiter until the end. The weather was crazy, and we knew it would be a last minute call on whether it would be go or no-go for launch. It was a beautiful site – and there were more people at the press site than there have been in a long time.

Here is the video I took of the launch. This is not zoomed at all, and what you can see about 3.5 miles from the launch pad. It’s pretty much as close as you can get to watch.

You can also check out the official NASA coverage of the launch, here.

  1. Took National Science League earth science test. This is a competition and not for a test grade.
  2. Worked on our study guide for Thursday’s test.

Homework: Study guide; test on Thursday earth-moon-study-guide

  1. Warm up: What are ways the sun is like a factory? Graphic Organizer
  2. Shared warm up.
  3. Watched video about the sun and took notes about the core, photosphere, chromosphere and corona.
  4. Wrote our own analogies.
  5. Wrote a direct analogy about a part of the sun and your personality.

Homework: Solar System Test study guide due on Thursday Solar System Test Study Guide

Today we had a video conference with NASA about asteroids. We learned a lot about asteroids, their sizes and shapes, and where they are located in our solar system. Additionally, we also had a chance to see the effects of asteroids and see the probabilities of asteroids hitting the Earth.

I hope you enjoyed our video conference! If you get a chance, please complete this survey about the experience: Asteroids.

Today we watched a planetarium show entitled “Cosmic Collisions”. It helped us learn about many different types of collisions in space and their effects. When we were done, we reflected on the EQ.

Today we did a video conference with NASA Langley called Planet Hopping. We learned a lot about mass and matter, and then did a fun experiment to see how high we can jump. Once we knew how I we can jump on the Earth, we calculated how high we could jump if we visited other planets.

If you have a chance, please complete this survey about today’s class so that NASA can continue to offer fun opportunities like the one we had today: Planet Hopping Survey

We did the 1,000 – yard solar system today and got a really good idea of how big the solar system really is and how small the planets are compared to the sun. As we visited each planet, we wrote down facts that we know, and when we were done, we reflected on what we learned at what surprised us.

I hope you enjoyed this activity!

  1. Studied notes for 5 minutes.
  2. Made test corrections.
  3. Worked on vocabulary dictionary.
  4. Watched The Mountain video (see below).

Home: Vocabulary dictionary is due on Wednesday.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

  1. Warm Up – Page 206: What do you feel the most confident about in regards to what we have learned about astronomy? What do you feel the least confident about in regards to what we have learned about astronomy.
  2. Partners sheet.
  3. Review (game or notes).

If you are looking for PowerPoints to help you review, check out all of the ones here: http://www.slideshare.net/janellewilson

Homework:

Homework:

Review for CRCT using these resources:

CRCT Study Guide from the State

CRCT Practice Questions: Chapter 1, 4-5, 7-10, 13-18, 20-23

  1. Test
  2. Vocab review dictionary

Homework:

Homework:

Review for CRCT using these resources:

CRCT Study Guide from the State

CRCT Practice Questions: Chapter 1, 4-5, 7-10, 13-18, 20-23