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Today I am heading to space camp for Advanced Space Academy for Educators. I hope to share the amazing experiences I have there with you! I’ll blog here, but I’ll also tweet (a lot!) with loads of photos on my twitter account. You can follow my tweets without signing up for an account.

I know I’ll be participating in some exciting things like a high ropes course, under water astronaut training (with SCUBA), and a trip to Kennedy Space Center in FL for a rocketry workshop and a tour.

I hope you are all enjoying summer! If you have a chance, leave a comment and let me know what fun and exciting things you have been up to!

I hope you enjoyed this year as much as i did. Thanks for making this year a great one. I hope you enjoyed the video of all our great times together.

Have a fabulous summer!


Today we continued our review for our benchmarks tomorrow (1st and 4th periods) and Wednesday (6th & 7th periods). We also had a chance to work on missing Pluto projects and formation essays.

As you study, be sure to check out the second semester syllabus.

Also, you can use these slideshows to help you study. Do not forget to study air masses and fronts. These were covered on our epic front project. You can go over the notes here.

Make Up Assignments:

—Pluto Project
—Test Grade
—80% Credit
—5 Facts about Each Planet – (40)
—3 Facts about Pluto
—2 sentences  on why Pluto is not a planet
—Small Project Grade
—80% Credit
—Write two paragraphs about how the universe formed OR two paragraphs about how the solar system formed

Your current rotations continue through Thursday. If you are absent, see your assigned rotation teacher for information on how to catch up.

1st and 4th: Mr. Carley

6th and 7th: Mrs. Teston

Also, I am hearing great things from Mr. Carley and Mrs. Teston! Keep up the great work, and I hope you are having FUN!

Today we started our second rotation of our space camp activities. First and fourth periods went to Mr. Carley to work on Mars Exploration Rovers EDL, and sixth and seventh periods went to Mrs. Teston for the Great Solar System Rescue. We will continue these activities through Thursday. Our final rotation starts Friday. I hope you’re having fun. (Maybe you can stop by and tell me what you’re learning.)

What a fun time we had yesterday launching our rockets! We are working on putting together a video of all the rocket launches. While you’re waiting, here are a couple of photos, and a sneak peek at a launch. Thanks for doing such a great job with this project!


Yesterday we started our Longhorn Space Stampede! Your first rotation is with me doing the Let’s Rocket to Mars activity. We are creating bottle rockets out of 2-liter bottles to launch on Thursday. We will finish making our rockets tomorrow, and we will launch on Thursday.

Yesterday and today we looked at clues to help us to determine where we are in the galaxy and where our galaxy is situated among our neighbors.

Sky Watch Challenge Week 4, Level 3:

Homework: How did we get here? essay due Monday, April 30

Optional Where are we? blog post:

Write a lost aliens guide to the universe post on your blog to help lost aliens like Bob find their way home. It should include:

  • A description of our solar system:                            10 points
  • Our place in the solar system:                                    10 points
  • A description of the types of galaxies:                    10 points
  • Detailed information about the Milky Way           10 points
  • Our location in the Milky Way                                     10 points
  • Our galaxy’s location in the universe                       10 points
  • Correct grammar usage                                                 10 points
  • Creativity in writing                                                         10 points
  • Two images                                                                        10 points
  • References for images                                                  10 points

Completing this assignment will add points to your lowest test grade. It is extra credit.

CRCT Testing starts on Monday! Rest well and eat well! :)

  1. Warm Up – Page 182: Summarize what we did in class yesterday in one sentence.
  2. Week 4, Challenge 2: Aldabaran (orange-red supergiant star in Taurus).
  3. Completed our data organizer.
  4. Complete our support/refute organizer
  5. Assigned summary activity due Monday, April 30.

Summary Activity:

Write an essay addressing one of the prompts below. Your essay will be scored using the rubric in your agenda. It should be at least 4-5 paragraphs long.

  • M: Describe the formation of the solar system.
  • I: We’ve been contacted by a society on the other side of the galaxy. They want to know how the universe formed. Write a letter to them explaining what we know.
  • U: Compare and contrast the formation of the solar system with the formation of the universe.
  • S: How is the formation of the solar system like a . . .? Create a metaphor and support it.

Helpful links for additional research: