Welcome back to a new calendar year and a new science unit! The Saratoga science students will be diving into our space unit this week as we look toward answering how the moon, sun, and other astronomical objects impact life on Earth. The first several activities will focus on the Moon phases and how they occur. We will also be looking at Earth’s tilt and how seasons result from the amount of direct sunlight we get at different times of the year. All of the resources will continue to be posted on Google Classroom for students to review and to complete.
On Monday, January 11th, students will be learning about their space project for this unit. It will be an open ended experience where students will have the opportunity to explore some aspect of space that they are interested in to learn more about. The design brief will lay out key checkpoints, but unlike previous projects, students will not have specific areas they must research. The project will wrap up the second week of February with students submitting their project. Proficiency will be based on how well students demonstrated their understanding and how they used their research to answer their driving question.
Google Classroom & For All Rubrics
During our space unit, we will continue to utilize Google Classroom as a resource for you to reference how your student is progressing in the unit. We have removed the previous unit’s Google Classroom with all of its assignments. We want to make sure that our focus is solely on the current material and not trying to catch up with old work.
We have also posted student’s scores for the Land, Water, and Human interaction unit on For All Rubrics. Please feel free to review those proficiencies with your student. All work that was submitted by the Tuesday, Dec. 22nd due date was scored and entered. If a student did not submit the assessment, it was marked as missing.