Archive for March, 2011

  1. Warm Up – Page 194: What new information did you learn about the planets yesterday?
  2. Finished taking notes about the planets, Pluto and Kuiper Belt Objects from our reading.
  3. Shared with our group members what we found.
  4. Highlighted what Pluto has in common with the planets in yellow and what Pluto has in common with the Kuiper Belt Objects in Blue.
  5. Answered the reflection questions.
  6. Discussed the Pluto Project.

Homework: Pluto Project due Wednesday, April 13


  1. Warm Up – Page 194: What are some similarities of the inner planets?
  2. Outer planets foldable and notes.

Homework: Complete outer planet foldable questions. Due tomorrow.

  1. Warm Up – Page 194: The image above is historic. What is it an image of and why is it historic?
  2. Seasons re-quiz (second period only)
  3. Sparking question: In 2006, Pluto was proclaimed no longer a planet by the International Astronomical Union. How did that make you feel? Why do you think Pluto is no longer considered a planet?
  4. Think/Pair/Share: What are the similarities and differences between the planets?
  5. Began comparing and contrasting Pluto the 8 planets and the Kuiper Belt Objects.

Homework: Begin working on Student Blogging Challenge #4.

  1. Warm Up – Page 192. We looked at this picture of Mercury and discussed it’s historical significance.
  2. Seasons Quiz.
  3. Inner Planets foldable notes.

Homework: Complete the questions on your inner planets foldable. Begin working on student blogging challenge #4.

  1. Time and Seasons Quiz.
  2. Wrote EQ, date and answered EQ on page 190.
  3. Discussed what we know about why we see moon phases.
  4. Discussed Earth/moon scale.
  5. Used a lamp, foam ball, and our groups to answer the following questions:
  • Does the moon rotate? If yes, how?
  • Why do we always see the same side of the moon?
  • Why do we have moon phases?
  • Why don’t we have a solar and lunar eclipse every month?
  • What is the sun, moon, and Earth in our models?
  • Draw the phases of the Earth you see and label the names you know.

Tomorrow, we will wrap up our discussion of moon phases and also look at eclipses and tides.

  1. Warm Up – Page 188: Why do have moon phases?
  2. Finished up Science Court on Seasons and reviewed.
  3. Talked about the Earth/moon distance.
  4. Watched moon brain pop.
  5. Began looking at the reasons we see moon phases.
  1. Finish your blog assignment from yesterday.
  2. A study found that 21 out of 23 Harvard University graduates could not explain the  correct reasons for the seasons. Write another blog post. This time, in your post, explain to these Harvard graduates what causes the reasons for the seasons.
  3. When you finish numbers 1 and 2, you can work on your timeline if you did not complete it, work on finishing your moon journal if you did not complete it, or work on blog challenge #3.

Homework: Study for quiz on Monday over time and seasons

  1. Warm up – page 188: Why do we have seasons?
  2. Use the flashlight and globe to figure out why we have seasons. Draw a diagram on page 188 in your notebook that explains the Earth’s path around the Sun. (You can work with your group for this part.)
  3. Go to this web site and play with the Seasons Interactive.
  4. When you are done, answer the following questions in a blog post. Put it in the project category and tag it seasons.
  5. On Earth, what happens to where the sun is in the sky during the four seasons?
  6. Describe the average temperature and angle of sunlight throughout the four seasons.
  7. Describe how the amount of sunlight hours changes throughout the four seasons.
  8. If the Earth were tilted like Venus (2 degrees), how would that effect the seasons?
  9. If there Earth were tilted like Uranus (86 degrees), how would that effect the seasons?
  10. What if the Earth had no tilt, how would that effect seasons on the Earth?
  1. Warm Up – Discussed reflection questions from yesterday’s lesson.
  2. Continued discussing and taking notes on how our view of the solar system has changed.
  3. Began discussing days, weeks, months, and years.
  4. Notes: please make sure you have the notes below completed in your notebook  on page 186. We will briefly review them tomorrow.

Homework: timeline and moon journal due Friday; student blogging challenge #3

  1. Warm Up – Page 186: Copy today’s date and EQ. Answer the EQ.
  2. Tape history of astronomy notes on page 184 or 185.
  3. Worked with our groups to answer the EQ.  Why do we measure time the way we do
  4. Created posters and shared with class.

Homework: Timeline and moon journal due Friday, blog challenge #3