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Jeopardy Review Game - Unit 2 - Stars and Galaxies  (click below)
 
ANSWERS to the Jeopardy Review - Unit 2 - Stars and Galaxies  (click below)
 
 
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Equinox Shadow Data..... that Ms. Q collected on Sat. 9/27/14 (click below):
 
Equinox Lab NOTES from SmartBoard:
 
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PENNY LAB REPORT -- DUE Friday 9/12/14 
  1. Question: [Given to you, this time]  How many L of a liquid (water, dish soap, etc.) fit on a penny? 
  2. Hypothesis:  e.g.  It may be the same or different from your team members;  it SHOULD ANSWER the research ?
  3. EXPERIMENT:    e.g.  SHOULD BE DETAILED, SPECIFIC ENOUGH FOR A 2ND GRADER TO FOLLOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID FOR YOUR TEST.  At least 2 trials!
  4. Analyze:  Make sense of your results; explain what the data mean.  (e.g.  use Scientific Notation, charts, graphs, written sentences, etc.)
  5. Conclude:  Tell whether your hypoth. was TRUE or FALSE.  Communicate:  write lab report, make poster, Blog, presentation, etc.

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Climate Change Solutions Brainstorm (from Extra Credit assignment DUE 6/10/14)

  1. Turn off electronics when not using them;
  2. Unplug things you aren't using;
  3. Turn off the TV if you aren't watching it;
  4. Turn off the lights if you're not in the room;
  5. Change or get rid of [fossil fuel-based] power plants;
  6. Stop pollution;
  7. Use a bike or walk instead of a car;
  8. Stop cutting down forests;
  9. Stop oil spills in oceans/ water;
  10. Decrease the amount of factories there are;
  11. Invest in solar/ wind/ hydro energy;
  12. Decrease the number of cars on the road;
  13. Recycle;
  14. Burn less fossil fuels;
  15. Use fluorescent light bulbs;
  16. Ride public transportation;
  17. Eat organic;
  18. Charge $$ people who litter or don't recycle;
  19. Fly less;
  20. Inflate tires so that cars run more smoothly;
  21. Plant trees;
  22. Use solar panels in homes;
  23. Get rid of bottled water;
  24. Get rid of junk food;
  25. Get educated about Climate Change;
  26. Use less paper;
  27. Use matches instead of lighters;
  28. Don't litter;
  29. Use less plastic;
  30. Install low-flow toilets;
  31. Car pool
 
 
 

Greenhouse Effect & Climate Change slides

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mar. 26-27 Jeopardy Review (Unit 7, Rocks / Minerals):
 
 
 
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Mar. 5-6 Jeopardy Review (Unit 6, Plate Tectonics):


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Science Fair stuff:
 
 
 
 
Exhibit Board guidelines, courtesy of the MSSEF:
 
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Feb. 4-6  Plate Tectonics Slideshow Notes:
 
 
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Jan. 30-31 Jeopardy Review (Unit 5, Sun-Earth-Moon):
 
 
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Jan. 21 Jeopardy Review (Midterm):


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Jan. 10, 2014 Seasons WebQuest*:  
 

Reasons for the Seasons
(A Webquest)

"Our seasons have no fixed returns,
   Without our will they come and go;
     At noon our sudden summer burns,
       Ere sunset all is snow."

-- James Russel Lowell

Introduction:

Imagine that you have been hired by an educational publishing company to produce posters for high school science classrooms. Your 1st poster is to show the causes of seasons on Earth.

Since many students have the wrong idea about what causes seasons (they think that they are caused by the Earth being closer to the Sun during the summer) it is very important that your poster be very accurate. Your poster will answer the question "What causes seasons"?

The Task:            

POSTER OPTION:  Use any available computer software to build a poster that explains how the tilt of the Earth and its revolution around the Sun causes seasons. ~OR~

Use a sheet of blank drawing paper and map colors or markers to draw your poster by hand.  ****Make sure your poster includes pictures / diagrams AND written words / labels to describe the images****

ESSAY OPTION:  Write a 1-2 page essay on paper ****IN YOUR OWN WORDS**** that explains how the tilt of the Earth and its revolution around the Sun causes seasons.  Include at least 3 diagrams / pictures that help illustrate your ideas.

The Process:            

You will work in teams of 2 -- CHOOSE A PARTNER WHO WILL HELP YOU FOCUS AND STAY ON TASK!.

Begin by understanding the misconceptions regarding seasons:

http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~astro/lesson6.htm

http://www.astronomy.org/programs/seasons/index.html

http://www.oceansonline.com/seasons.htm

 

Review some background information on the causes of seasons.

General Information:

http://www.teachersdomain.org/6-8/sci/ess/earthsys/lp_seasons/index.html

http://www.astronomy.org/programs/seasons/index.html

http://curriculum.calstatela.edu/courses/builders/
lessons/less/les1/seasons.html

http://www.vu.msu.edu/preview/
geo206/seasons_orbit/seasons_orbit.html

http://www.scienceu.com/observatory/
articles/seasons/seasons.html

http://www.ecology.com/ecology-today/tilting-earth/

    Make sure you understand and include a description of these 4 topics:                                   

         1.  Axis tilt:  

    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/
    astronomy/planets/earth/Seasons.shtml

    http://www.materialworlds.com/sims/SolarSystem/
    FourSeasons1View/WhatIf/netscape.html

    http://www.eas.slu.edu/People/CEGraves/Eas138/fg02_04.jpg

    http://www.nmm.ac.uk/upload/img/seasons-full_20030416094506.gif

    http://seis.natsci.csulb.edu/rbehl/incident.jpg                  

     

    2.  Revolution around the Sun

    http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/6h.html

    http://www.physicalgeography.net/
    fundamentals/6hrevolution.html

    http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/ content/visualizations/es0408/es0408page01.cfm?chapter_no=04

    http://www.learner.org/jnorth/images/imageshtml/earth-tilt.gif

    http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/projects/data/Seasons/seasons.html                 

      

    3.   Angle of sunlight

    http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter/animation/
    atmosphere/earth_revolution.html

    http://cwx.prenhall.com/bookbind/pubbooks/
    lutgens3/medialib/earthsun/earthsun.html

    http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/stargaze/Sunangle.htm

    http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/sunangle/
    sunangle.html?
    ASPIRE_Session=94b70d025bc12d9baa604078a4b68aee

    http://www.uwm.edu/~kahl/CoVis/Seasons/                 

     

    4.  Direct / indirect energy

    http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/News/2001/News-AutumnalEquinox.asp

    http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~blackman/ast104/seasons.html

    http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/html/k-6/uc/earth/3/uce3_3a.html

     

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Dec. 6, 2013 drawings* of Kepler's 3 Laws:  
*Ms. Quigley drew these diagrams herself;  feel free to ask her if any part is confusing!
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Nov. 18 Jeopardy Review (Units 2-3):
 
 
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Oct. 2-3 class notes:        Click HERE to see the "Cosmology Slideshow"
 
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Sep. 26 Jeopardy Review (Unit 1):
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Accuracy vs. Precision, shown visually:
 
(from http://metodosnumericosmarcecarrillo.blogspot.com/2010/05/accuracy-and-precision.html )
 
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During the first few days of school, students were asked to write down words or phrases that came to mind when they heard the word "Science."  Here are the results, color-coded by class:



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