(7th Grade) Aug. 31st – Thinking like a scientist

We continued our lesson on thinking like a scientist by discussing variables, objective vs. subjective thinking, and repetition/replication.

Students also set up gizmo accounts and began working on the Growing Plants Gizmo exploration guide.

Home Learning: 

Growing Plants Gizmo (Exploration Guide AND Assessment Questions) Due FRIDAY

More info on Seasons

Here’s some more information on Seasons — http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/earths-seasons/

Aug. 28/31 (8th Grade) Earth-Moon-Sun system

Essential Question:  How are Earth’s days, years and seasons related to Earth’s position in space? 

In class we began our lesson on the Earth-Moon-Sun system.  Students received their computer assignments, set up our explorelearning.com accounts and started our first gizmo investigation.  

Don’t forget to complete the Assessment Questions for full points!

Home Learning: 

Seasons in 3d Gizmo (Exploration guide + Assessment questions)  Due next class

Why is Science important?

8/25 – We made it!

Woo-Hoo!  We made it through the first day everyone! Pat yourself on the back :)

HOME LEARNING:

(8th Grade)– please bring back your completed Interest Inventories and signed Curriculum Papers to class.

(7th Grade)– don’t forget your Signed Curriculum Papers and Safety Contracts (both copies)

8/23 – Welcome new students!

I’m looking forward to another awesome year teaching science at JLCP!  Once again I will be teaching both 7th and 8th grade science, so please make sure you’re reading the correct information for your class. I will make sure that I label the posts correctly :)

This week all of my students will be discussing the scientific process to open up the school year.  Students will be able to differentiate between quantitative and qualitative observations and gather empirical evidence.  There are a variety activities the students will complete this week to demonstrate understanding of the scientific process of gathering, recording and analyzing data.

Make sure you bring your spiral or composition notebook to class so we can set up our Interactive Science Notebooks.  See you all soon!

This week in science 8/23

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This Week in Science

Ok… technically it’s last week in science, but it’s still pretty cool stuff!

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New Horizons Flyby and the NY Times Summer of Science!

The New Horizons flyby has already happened, but we won’t be getting all the data for quite some time.  It will take about 16 months for all the data to make the three billion mile trip back to Earth! We could cut that time down a bit (only 3 months) if New Horizons had exclusive use of NASA’s deep space network, but there are many probes that use it.

The New York Times has put together a collection of all it’s science articles called “The Summer of Science.”  Click the image below of Pluto to check it out!

The last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the flyby. Credit NASA

The last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the flyby. Credit NASA

IT’S PLUTO FLYBY DAY!!!!

Pluto's bright, mysterious "heart" is rotating into view, ready for its close-up on close approach, in this image taken by New Horizons on Sunday from a distance of 1.6 million miles (2.5 million kilometers). NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

Pluto’s bright, mysterious “heart” is rotating into view, ready for its close-up on close approach, in this image taken by New Horizons on Sunday from a distance of 1.6 million miles (2.5 million kilometers). NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

Today at 7:49 a.m. Nasa’s New Horizon’s probe will make its closest approach to Pluto!  This is a HUGE deal as the New Horizons mission launched way back in Jan. 2006 and we are learning more and more about the mysterious dwarf planet!

Nasa TV will start coverage at 7:30. Click the link to watch it!

Here’s an article about it from NBCNews.

Even Google is celebrating it with a very fitting google doodle!

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