Gravity and Force Simulation

Click the image below to launch the Gravity Force Simulation that you will be exploring in class today.


Reminder: Earth/Sun/Moon System Test this week!!!

Just wanted to pop up a quick reminder about our Earth/Sun/Moon system test this week in class (A Tues/B Wed).  If you haven’t already, feel free to check out the Class Resources link at the top of the blog.  Remember, the password is the SAME one that students have for History class. 

If you need another copy of the study guide you can download it from the Class Resources page OR from Focus!

Seasons + Moon Phase Simulators

Check out these different simulations on Seasons and Moon Phases.  Might be a good way to help study for your test…




Sept. 14/15- Eclipses

Essential Question: How are the Earth, Sun & Moon arranged during a solar and lunar eclipse?  

Today in class we talked all about Eclipses! Students had a choice of activities to complete to show their understanding of Eclipses.

  • Solar/Lunar Eclipse Foldable
  • Eclipse Gizmo (Exploration Guide + Assessment Questions)

This activity should have been completed IN CLASS and turned in to the basket.


Sept. 12/13 Earth’s Spheres Throwback /Tides (Day 3)

Today we had our second Throwback Lesson on Earth’s Spheres — students reviewed how the atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere work together to affect weather and climate.

Then we broke up into some small groups for differentiation activities based upon student needs:

  • Seasons Review – Summer and Winter Gizmo
  • Moon Phases Review – Moon Phases Gizmo
  • Anchor Chart – Design a poster to teach about seasons, moon phases or tides.

Next class we will begin with Checkpoint #2 so students should take some time to review their info on seasons, moon phases, and tides.

I have added a new link at the top of my blog called “Class Resources” where you can find the review ppt slides from class.  It’s password protected, but it’s the same password that Mr. Petrick and Ms. Lively use.

Sept. 12 -Quick Grades Update

Grades for the following assignments have been updated in Focus for all classes:

  • Achieve 3000: Cold, Cold Moon
  • Penda- “Sun, Earth, Moon System”
  • Penda – “Earth, Driven by the Sun”

Additionally, A-Day students should have scores for their “Ocean Tides” Gizmo.  I am collecting this from B-Day tomorrow.

Sept 8/9- Tides (Day 2)

Essential Question: Where are the relative locations of the Sun, Moon, and Earth during a spring and neap tide?

How Do Tides Work? 

In class we learned all about the two “special” tides that occur each month called Spring and Neap Tides.

  • Students compared their Bay of Fundy Tide graphs and Moon Phase Calendars to make connections.  They completed the Tides Investigation Analysis Questions in their ISN.   
  • Ocean Tides Gizmo (exploration guide + assessment questions)- We set up our gizmo accounts and completed our first gizmo.


Home Learning: 
PENDA: The Sun, Earth, Moon System Folder (2 Lessons) 

  • Earth, Sun & Moon

  • Earth- Driven by the Sun

Due FRIDAY 9/9 by 8 PM


Sept 6/7- Tides (Day 1)

Essential Question: Why does the moon have a greater effect on the tides then the Sun?

Due to its unique geographical features, the Bay of Fundy has the largest tidal range in the world! Check out this time-lapse video:

Students worked together to develop a graph using projected tide data for Sept. in the Bay of Fundy.  We will be analyzing this graph to highlight patterns next class.


Additionally, students had time to complete their first Achieve 3000 article -“The Cold, Cold Moon.”  We will be doing 1-2 articles a month and students must fully complete the analysis sheet to get credit.

Home Learning: 
PENDA: The Sun, Earth, Moon System Folder (2 Lessons) 

  • Earth, Sun & Moon

  • Earth- Driven by the Sun

Due FRIDAY 9/9 by 8 PM


Sept 6- Open House!

I wanted to say a quick “Thanks” to all the parents that made it out to open house tonight. Sorry for talking your ears off… hopefully I covered most of the important information!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at any time. 


Tuesday 9/6 is an A-Day!