Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/16/2009

Week 12: 11/16 – 11/20

11/16 Monday:  Ch. 4 Test

  • Moon Observation Project Due

11/17 Tuesday:  5.1 Stars

  • notes
  • vocab
  • WBA 18 (due 11/18)

11/18 Wednesday:  5.2 Distance to Stars

  • notes
  • vocab
  • WBA 19 (due 11/19)

11/19 Thursday:  5.3 Life of a Star

  • notes
  • vocab
  • demo (model of a supergiant)

11/20 Friday:  Review 3.1-3.3

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/13/2009

Moon Party

The Blake School Earth Science Class Moon Party will be Friday December 4th from 7:30-9:30pm.  Moon rises that night at 8:08 pm so we will have some time to meet up, get set up, have some snacks and watch the moon rise together.  Sounds great!

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/13/2009

Chapter 4 Test Review

This is the test review we will go over today.

Ch 4:  The Solar System

Test Review

  1. All 12 Chapter 4 vocabulary terms
  2. Explain what the solar system is:
    • What it is made of
    • What holds it together
    • What is at the center
  3. Difference between stars, planets and moons
  4. Why moons and planets shine in the night sky
  5. Understand how the planets move around the sun and how the moons move around the planets.
  6. Difference between revolution and rotation.
  7. Even though our book calls Pluto a planet, Pluto was reclassified as a minor planet and is not considered one of the planets that make up our solar system.
  8. The Sun:
    • Size relative to all the planets (remember basketball/pin demo)
    • Two main gases it is made of
    • How it rotates
    • Layers of the sun’s atmosphere
  9. Sunspots
    • What they are
    • Where they are located
  10. Four Inner Planets
    • Identify names: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars
    • They are closer to the sun (remember measuring distance on string)
    • Why are they similar (composition is rocky, positioned close to the sun)
    • Know at least one unique feature of each
    • Why earth is unique
  11. Greenhouse effect
    • What is it
    • How it causes Venus to be hotter than Mercury even though Mercury is closer to the Sun
  12. Four Outer Planets
    • Pluto is no longer considered a planet
    • Identify names: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
    • Composition is mostly frozen gas and liquid
    • They all have rings
    • Know at least one unique feature of each planet
  13. Difference between asteroids and comets
  14. Asteroids
    • Rocky object smaller than planet
    • Has own orbit around sun
    • Asteroid Belt (what it is, where it is)
  15. Comets
    • Made of ice, rock, frozen gases and dust
    • Gas and dust are released as they get closer to the sun, allowing them to reflect sunlight and be seen
    • Tail of comet points away from the sun
    • Large orbits not on same plane as planets
  16. Difference between meteors and meteorites
  17. Nicolaus Copernicus & Galileo Galilei
    • Why are they important to the information studied in this chapter
    • What advances did they make in astronomy
    Sorry about the weird spacings in this post. WordPress is doing this and I can’t seem to fix it.
Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/10/2009

Amazing Space: Tonight’s Sky

Amazing Space: Tonight’s Sky.  This is really great!  Check it out please.

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/10/2009

Today’s Assignment

Today in class we came up with a list of information to collect about Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus.  Students may write out neatly on paper or type it in a chart using a spreadsheet or word processing program.  Here is the list of information to find for each man:

  • Dates Lived
  • Where Lived
  • Birthplace
  • Occupation
  • Personality Traits
  • Inventions
  • Discoveries
  • How They Died
  • Family (kids, wife, etc?)
  • Religion
  • What was life like?
  • How were they treated by society and/or the church?

Due Thursday 11/12

Helpful Websites

Era of Galileo’s Refractor

Galileo on Wiki

Galileo on Britannica

Galileo on (has more links at the bottom)

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/10/2009

APOD: 2009 November 10 – Saturn After Equinox

APOD: 2009 November 10 – Saturn After Equinox .

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/10/2009

APOD: 2009 November 7 – Stickney Crater

Stickney Crater, the largest crater on the martian moon Phobos

APOD: 2009 November 7 – Stickney Crater .

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/09/2009

Week 11: 11/9 – 11/13

We didn’t move through my plans last week like I thought we would so I changed some things around.  Quiz was postponed until today.  We’ll get caught up this week.

11/9  Monday:  Ch. 4 Quiz

  • Planet Resource Sheet Due

11/10 Tuesday:  Internet Activity in Class

  • Galileo
  • Copernicus

11/11 Wednesday:  No School


11/12 Thursday:  Lab Day

  • Planets – Relative Diameter & Mass


11/13 Friday:  Test Review

  • Ch. 4 Test will be Monday 11/16
Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/08/2009

The Project Apollo Image Gallery

The Project Apollo Image Gallery.  Photo gallery from the Apollo missions.

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/06/2009

Welcome to the Planetary Data System

Welcome to the Planetary Data System.

This is a great link to use to find info for your planet resource sheet.

And here are some additional sites: (info about spacecraft that have visited/flown by/studied planets)

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/06/2009

NASA – Successful Flight Through Enceladus Plume

NASA – Successful Flight Through Enceladus Plume .  The Cassini spacecraft did a flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.  Click the link to read more.  Very interesting!

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/06/2009

Today’s Quiz

Today’s quiz has been moved to Monday to allow time for one on one meetings with the students about their planet resource sheets.  Quiz on Monday will cover the following:

  • vocabulary from Chapter 4
  • layers of the sun and sunspots
  • contents of our solar system and what holds it together
  • inner vs. outer planets (what makes them different)

Please study this weekend!

YouTube – STS-129 Behind the Scenes “The Pumpkin Suit” .

Giant Crack in Africa Will Become New Ocean – Biology | Astronomy | Chemistry | Physics –

Interesting article about a large crack in Africa that opened in 2005.  Click the link about to read.

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/02/2009

November Calendar

NovHere is a copy of the calendar I provided to the class.  Project due dates are on here but quiz and test dates are not.  The students should write quiz and test info on the calendar when it is announced in class.

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 11/02/2009

Week 10: 11/2 – 11/6

***Moon Observation Project:  Due 11/17***

11/2 Monday: The Outer Planets

  • Ch. 4 vocab cards
  • workbook activity 16

11/3 Tuesday:  Lab/Demo Day – Planet size & distance, Sunspots

11/4 Wednesday:  Asteroids & Comets

  • workbook activity 17
  • ***Planet Resource Sheet rough draft due today***

11/5 Thursday:  Astronomers & Telescopes

  • notes
  • internet activity

11/6 Friday:  Chapter 4 Quiz

  • planet resource sheet review meetings
Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 10/31/2009

Milky Way portrait

091030-tech-galaxy-composite.hlarge3,000 images combine for Milky Way portrait –  This image of the Milky Way Galaxy was made by piecing together 3,000 individual photographs.

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 10/28/2009

Online Astronomy Academy Online Astronomy Academy.

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 10/27/2009

Big Day in History – Go Ares!

Today is a big day for the space program.  The Ares I-X is about to take its first test flight.  This vehicle is part of the next generation of launch vehicles that will replace the Space Shuttle.  Here’s hoping it all goes smoothly!  Below are some pictures a former coworker of mine sent me.  He works on the Ares program.  Click on the picture to view a larger version.

You can read all about the launch and the Ares program at Spaceflight Now.

Posted by: Mrs. Crews | 10/26/2009

Our Sun – Astronomy For Kids –

Follow this link to read all about the sun.  Then you can go here to see answers to a bunch of questions about the sun.

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