Tue, Sept 3

Assign seats
Activity: "Slip or Trip"
Activity: Scientific Data Puzzles
Pass out syllabus (we'll talk about this more tomorrow)
HW: Get a signature from someone at home who has read the syllabus. Extra credit if they enter their info online

Wed, Sept 4

Collect any syllabus signatures from yesterday
Go over syllabus with class
HW: Get a signature from someone at home who has read the syllabus. Extra credit if they enter their info online

Thu, Sept 5

- Make a drawing that shows the position of the Earth in comparison to the Sun during each of the 4 seasons
- Revise seasons drawings
- Seasons videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4_-R1vnJyw,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHkBflD5Vnk
- CW: The Seasons, Exercises 1-5: http://astro.unl.edu/interactives/

Fri, Sept 6

- Continue to work on The Seasons, Exercises 1-5: http://astro.unl.edu/interactives/
- Begin to build ISBs (Interactive Science Binders)



Mon, Sept 9

- Begin Quick writes using (page 2 of ISB)
- Finish The Seasons, Exercises 1-5: http://astro.unl.edu/interactives/ and compare results. Students will take notes on page 3 of their ISBs as we share results.

Tue, Sept 10
- Make predictions and gather data on seasons using Daylight Hours Explorer (page 4 ISB)
- Binder checks may begin as early as today. Be ready!!
- HW: Read "What Causes the Seasons". As you read, add a definition in your own words for the words axis, rotation, hemisphere, and revolution using the blank space below (page 5 ISB)

Wed, Sept 11
curriculum night
- Another video on What Causes the Seasons. Minutes 4:30 - 8:30 are good for showing how light hits at the various seasons
- Review definitions from last night's HW and add any needed corrections (page 5 ISB)
- continue to gather data on seasons using Daylight Hours Explorer (page 4 ISB)
- Prep for Friday's quiz on the seasons. Here is a short study guide to help you out.
NO HW

Thu, Sept 12
- Finish Hours of Daylight assignment by looking at completed graphs (page 4 ISB)
- Last minute quiz prep
- Pass out textbooks and take a tour
- Talk about tech
HW: Study for your quiz!

Fri, Sept 13
- Short quiz on the seasons
- Video: Why Earth Science
- CW/HW: Read 1.1 and 1.4. Answer the following questions (p. 6 ISB)
1) Why is Earth called a dynamic planet? Provide an example
2) Why do we not notice some of the changes that happen on Earth? Explain and/or provide an example
3) List one word or concept that you read about that you are NOT familiar with. Ask me a question about it.
4) Why do we need to include humans when we study Earth as a system?
5) What are the two sources of energy that are used to power Earth's systems?


Mon, Sept 16
- Review Friday's 1.1 and 1.4 HW (p. 6 ISB)
- Distances in the solar system
- Sizes in our solar system
- HW: Read 23.1, pages 644-647. As you read, compare Terrestrial and Jovian planets according to these criteria.Use general terms (farther, faster, bigger, etc.) (p. 8 ISB).

Tue, Sept 17
- Review 23.1 HW
- CW/HW: Use your book or other resources to make at least 10 NEW comparisons of objects in our solar system. (continue page in 8 ISB)
- Web resources for solar system:
http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/
p. 645 Active Art
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htm
http://science.nasa.gov/kids/kids-solar-system/

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/
- HW: NONE

Wed, Sept 18
Shortened class due to assembly
- Pass back quizzes and talk about a retake
- Discuss class supplies and tech issues
- CW/HW: Finish making planet comparisons by tomorrow. Use Internet OR Chapter 23 to help you finish. Need a minimum of 10 (p. 8 ISB)
- HW: Finish reading 23.1, pages 647-648.

Thu, Sept 19
- Quiz retakes
- For fun: Test your knowledge of the planets!!
- Video: Nebulas from the History Channel. Time 00:00 - 6:00 shows great images of nebulas
- Video: A Perfect Planet. Time 00:00 - 2:00 shows the nebular theory, or the early formation of our solar system.
- HW: Read 24.3, pages 684-686. As you read, use the "Talking to the Text" strategy. I'll give you pages to write on during class. (p. 10 ISB)

Fri, Sept 20
- Review last night's HW
- 24.3 Notes (p. 11 ISB). (If you are absent today, make sure you have a copy in your ISB)
- HW: 24.3 Wksht (p. 12 ISB) (If you are absent today, please try to have this done by Monday)


Mon, Sept 23
Check 24.3 Wksht
CW/HW: Read "Can You Hear Me Now" handout and take notes on what we know. Students should have approximately 10-15 important items listed.
Quiz coming up this Friday! Covers 23.1 and first 1/2 of 24.3. Topics include nebular theory, basic differences between terrestrial and jovian planets, as well as the structure/layers of the Sun

Tue, Sept 24
Delayed Start
Continue Can You Hear Me Now. Students worked on generating Research questions. If you were absent, you can catch up with your group when you return
HW: Nothing specific, but you should be prepping for your quiz this Friday!

Wed, Sept 25
Can You Hear Me Now. Students will be focusing on research

Thu, Sept 26
Can You Hear Me Now. Students should be finished doing research and should be ready to start sharing what they've found (ISB 15)

Fri, Sept 27
- Can You Hear Me Now - We will continue sharing what we've found. Notes will be posted when we've finished in all classes (ISB 15)
- Quiz - Covers 23.1 and first 1/2 of 24.3. Topics include nebular theory, basic differences between terrestrial and jovian planets, as well as the structure/layers of the Sun
- Pass out Can You Hear Me Now project description and rubric (ISB 16)


Mon, Sept 30th
Can You Hear Me Now- Finish sharing research (ISB 15)
Discuss Can You Hear Me Now project description and rubric (ISB 16)