We are now about halfway through the space science unit. Students have spent the past couple of weeks diving into understanding how the Moon’s phases occur and how the alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth can create eclipses. We explored a computer simulation modeling the various phases, which students should now be able to name. The class has now begun to look at how the angle of the sun influences the amount of daylight we receive and the impact it has on creating our seasons.
Where we are going
The science classes will further dive into the understanding of the Earth’s tilt and what it means for us living in the Northern Hemisphere. In around a week, we will shift into looking at other celestial bodies in our solar system and how their distances and sizes create potential challenges for exploration. We hope to wrap up our unit by the middle of February.
On Monday, January 11th the science classes launched the space project design brief. Students reviewed the expectations for the project and the completion timeline. The final project submission and topic were left up to the students to pick for this unit. They could choose to represent the information they researched via a physical representation or something developed using technology. Students have already had two class periods dedicated to selecting a topic, researching sources for the project, and developing a plan for their final presentation. We plan to offer four more class periods dedicated to completion of this project.
Please continue to review your student’s progress on Google Classroom. Missing work should be a top priority after current work has been completed, this work continues to build background knowledge on why certain events happen. Students should also work to revise any work that is marked as ½, to ensure they have built and understanding of what is being covered.