Which of these things is not like the others (and why)? Final day

  1. Completed our Wednesday warm up question.
  2. Finished our “One of These Things is not Like the Other” rock observation lab.
  3. Discussed our observations throughout the lab.
  4. Discussed what we already know about rocks.
  5. Began working on our 55-word story (summary) regarding the lab.
Homework: Finish your 55 word story. If you have not completed the Course Info Sign Off, Rock Unit Cover Page, or Dare Mighty Things card, please complete and turn in for tomorrow.

Which of these things is not like the others (and why)?

  1. Warm Up: On page 10 in your Mission Log copy today’s date and EQ.
  2. Space and Aeronautics Club announcement. See below for details. 
  3. New science names and get to know you activity.
  4. Discussed how to complete Course Info sign off. (Homework to have completed. Due Wednesday.)
  5. Completed our notebook set up.
Homework: Complete course info sign off and and rocks unit cover page on page 9 in your notebook. Both are due on Wednesday.

What is the science and engineering fair?

Today we had shorter classes due to the writing prompt in the morning. Here is the info about the science and engineering fair that I shared with you in class today.

Have a great weekend!


PS – I just realized that my facts were wrong on the micrometeorite rate of falling to Earth. That’s 30,000 metric tons a year – not a day. Oops! That’s a huge difference. Sorry for the confusion!

How do I set up my science notebook?

  1. Turned in our lab safety contracts.
  2. Began numbering our notebook. Number all pages starting with the first one – front and back.
  3. Finished up our Dare Mighty Things cards, shared, and turned them in.
  4. Discussed the purpose of our science notebook.
  5. Set up our Mission Log (science notebook).

Homework: Finish numbering all pages in your science notebook. If you did not get your lab contract signed, you need to get it signed and bring it in tomorrow. We will do a lab Monday, and you will not get to participate in the lab.


What is lab safety, and why is it important?

  1. Warm Up – copied down our homework.
  2. Finished our classroom scavenger hunt.
  3. Discussed our Dare Mighty Things assignment. If you lost yours, you can download another copy here.
  4. Lab safety discussion. You can see the Prezi from class below.
  5. Passed out Lab Safety Contract. First and fourth periods completed a lab safety poster.


  1.  Bring spiral notebook to class tomorrow.
  2. Get Lab Safety Contract Signed.
  3. Complete Dare Mighty Things card.



What does it mean?

It was another great day today! Here is what we did.

  1. 20 Things about Me handout.
  2. Shared one thing about ourselves.
  3. I told you about the craziest thing I’ve ever done – climbing a 32 foot pole. You can see the video below. Remember, we need to meet challenges in class head on. We will all be here to help each other succeed. Theodore Roosevelt said, “It’s hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.”
  4. We talked about classroom expectations. You can find them on the Course Info page if you need to review.
  5. Started the Classroom Scavenger Hunt and discussed where to find things in the classroom.

Homework: Make sure you have your 3-subject, spiral notebook by Thursday!


Why do we go to Mars? What does it take to get there?

What a fabulous first day of school! I hope you enjoyed today as much as I did. Here’s a run down of what we did today.

  1. Kick off video.
  2. Talked about the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity to Mars. You can re-watch the videos here and here.
  3. We talked about why we explore and created EXPLORE posters. You can find photos at the bottom of this entry.
  4. We then looked at Curiosity’s 7 Minutes of Terror and why it is so hard to land a rover the size of Curiosity on Mars.
  5. Thankfully, Curiosity had a picture perfect landing on Mars this morning. Here is the first photo sent back to Earth: http://twitpic.com/ag43lt
  6. Finally, we talked about following our Curiosity.

Homework: Make sure you have your 3-subject, spiral notebook for Thursday. We will be setting it up in class that day. If you already have it, leave it in your locker until Thursday.

If you want to find out more about Curiosity and what it will be doing on Mars, make sure to check out the Curiosity Mission page.