Students have spent the past week learning about the impacts gravity has on the planetary bodies and how it helps to maintain the orbits of those bodies. We discussed how gravity’s impact is driven by the mass of an object and the distance the object is from other objects. The class concluded with a gravity simulation modeling these key aspects.
Assessments Next Week
Now that we have concluded the activities for our unit, students have begun the process of preparing for the summative assessments. The class spent Wednesday, February 3rd starting to work on a study guide that contained all of the key vocabulary, model, graphing, and content concepts. They will also have Friday as a review game day in class. Students will complete three assessments on the key skills gained this unit:
Wednesday, February 10th: Graphing Assessment
Thursday, February 11th: Modeling Assessment
Friday, February 12th: Content Assessment
Each assessment will allow students various opportunities to demonstrate their growth over the course of the past six weeks.
Students have spent several class periods focusing on a space exploration of their choosing. We have had several students choose to create physical representations of their research, while others have developed technological driven depictions of their information. The classes will have another two work days before the project is due on Tuesday, February 9th. We look forward to sharing the results of this research on Tuesday.
Where We Are Going
After we wrap up space, we will start our chemistry unit for the year. Students will study the concepts physical and chemical properties, density, states of matter, elements and molecules. Our chemistry unit will take us from the middle of February to spring break at the end of March.