Astronomy

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
—Essay
—Small Project Grade
—80% Credit
—Write two paragraphs about how the universe formed OR two paragraphs about how the solar system formed

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:

  1. Warm Up – Copy today’s date and EQ on page 182. How did the solar system form? How did the universe form?
  2. Stellar evolution card sorting to determine the life cycle of stars.
  3. Began looking at data set for the formation of the universe and solar system.

Homework: None

  1. Warm Up – Page 180: Copy today’s date and EQ.
  2. Announcements: remember, Pluto project is due Monday. If you come in early for tutoring or to retake a test, please make sure you get a pass signed by me.
  3. Spring Sky Watch Challenge Week 3, Level 3: Participate in the Globe at Night project.
  4. Discussed and read about quiet.
  5. Began first part of Reading for Meaning lesson about comets, asteroids, and meteors.

Homework: Pluto project is due on Monday; it is a test grade (summative assessment)

  1. Warm Up – Page 178 & 179. Copy the chart provided in your notebook twice. One on each page.
  2. Announcements – take your science fair projects home. If you do not want to keep your board, please take it to the recycle bin.
  3. Space History – April 12, 1961: Yuri Gagarin, first man in space. April 12, 1981: first launch of the space shuttle, STS-1, Columbia.
  4. Planet exploration musical chairs.

Homework: Pluto project due on Monday.

  1. Warm Up – Page 176: Copy today’s date and EQ. Write one fact about each of the planets.
  2. Spring Sky Watch Challenge Week 3, Level 2: Leo the Lion
  3. Concept Attainment lesson to answer the EQ.

Homework: Continue to work on your Pluto article.

  1. Warm Up – Page 174: Do you think Pluto should be a Planet? Why or why not?
  2. Completed our Pluto notes/discussion.
  3. Pluto synthesizing activity passed out and discussed.

Homework: Pluto article due Monday, April 16. Here are the directions and the information handout.

  1. Warm Up – Page 174: Copy today’s date and EQ. Then, write three sentences telling me what you know about the debate surrounding Pluto.
  2. Sky Watch Challenge Week 3,  Level 1: Gemini. Find Procyon and look up. More info here.
  3. Pass backed and discussed Test 3. Reteach is Wednesday morning and Retest is Monday, April 16. If you cannot make these times, please talk to me by Wednesday.
  4. Pluto: What’s the big deal? compare/contrast lesson started – planet info
  1. Warm Up – Study until the time runs.
  2. Sky Watch Challenge. See the Challenge Page for more information.
  3. Test

Homework: None – Enjoy spring break!

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