Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer 2014 Gardening Schedule

All times are 12pm - 1pm.

Here are the dates and times that you signed up for. Please let me know if you can't make it and need to reschedule, or if you want to sign up for a second slot.

Students that have already completed an hour
Anna (2)
Fiona (0.5)
Phoebe (1.5)

Sunday 7/13/14

1) Amiel

2) Oliver

3) Ben

4) Finn

5) Abby

6) William WR

Sunday 7/27/14

1) Kai

2) Gabby

3) Phoebe

4) Sneha

5) William C

6) Abby

Sunday 8/3/14

1) Emma V

2) Vidushi

3) Lauren

4) Aidan

5) Harry

6) _____________________________________

Sunday 8/10/14

1) Elli

2) Sam

3) Liam

4) Jacob

5) _____________________________________

6) _____________________________________

Sunday 8/31/14

1) Thomas

2) Rizley

3) _____________________________________

4) _____________________________________

5) _____________________________________

6) _____________________________________

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Solar System Quiz

This quiz will have a focus on other planets and objects in the Solar System other than the Earth, Moon and Sun. The quiz is on Tuesday. Here is what you should know:

- You should be able to answer questions about each of the 8 planets in the Solar System (based on notes taken during group presentations)

- Relative size and distance of the planets

- Know the difference between a comet, asteroid and meteor and be able to give examples of each

- Explain the similarities and differences between the Asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt.

- Explain how collisions with Earth occur, and why they are not very frequent.

- Explain how a planet is defined and why Pluto does not qualify.

- Be able to give examples of dwarf planets other than Pluto, their shape and location.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NOVA Academy

Check out the videos that some students have been making in NOVA Academy. NOVA Academy is an enrichment class in which the students teach elementary level math concepts on the iPads. You can even vote for your favorites!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Solar System Gizmos

Nice work in class today on the Gizmos! I just reset the scores that were below 4 out of 5. These will all be due on Friday, and you will get a little bit more time in class to work on them on Wednesday. Here is a list of the students that have Gizmos still to do.

Solar System: Rachel, Kai.

Solar System Explorer: Jacob, Maggie, Elinor, Kai.

Comparing Earth and Venus: Jacob, Rachel, Maggie, Maddy, Kai.

Gravity Pitch: Rachel, Maggie.

Weight and Mass: Jacob, Thomas, John, Rizley, Rachel, Elli, Maggie, Maddy, Kai, Gabby, Katherine.

Screenshot of Gravity Pitch Gizmo

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dwarf Planets and Asteroids

For this Assignment I would like you to research a Dwarf Planet or Asteroid of your choice. (List of major ones below). You will then make an information card (trading card style) for the one you choose. This wont be due until next week.

On the Blank Side of the Card:
-Draw in color a graphic representation of your asteroid or dwarf planet.
-Title it with your Dwarf Planet or Asteroids name.
-Include a scale.

On the lined side of the card include the following facts:
-Size (radius in meters or km)
-Distance From the Sun (In AU's)
-Orbital Period (Earth Years)
-Who it is named after
-Discovery Date and Year

Dwarf Planets - Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, Eris, Sedna

Asteroids - Vesta, Ceres, Pallas, Hygeia, Euphrosyne, Interamnia.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Solar System Scale Assignment

Thank you to those of you that turned in the Assignment in class today. For those of you who are finishing it at home tonight here are the directions:

a horizontal scale in AU's going out to over 30 AU's at a scale of 1 AU = 20mm
a vertical scale in km at a scale of 1mm=5,000km starting from the center of the sun
the sun and all 8 major planets represented horizontally to scale in terms of distance from the sun, and vertically in terms of their length of diameter
all the planets represented appropriately in terms of color/rings etc.

an explanation of the differences in the scale. Why are we using a different scale for distance (horizontal) and diameter/size (vertical)? What would it look like if we used the same scale?