Michael J. Allen

Class of 2018 - 2019

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Science-class teacher plan

This is the 'Specialist Class' page.

This page is for the students and parents of Mrs. Tuttle to find out about what happens during the Science class!

 

Space - the infinite frontier!!

This week, we will construct a list of all the questions the students want to answer about the subject.

We will be developing our understanding of the creation of the Universe and the nature of gravity through whole-class lessons.

We will be completing activities after the whole-class explorations.

Over the next few weeks we will make our way through this project.

  • We will complete a primer on the basic structure of matter and the four fundamental forces.

  • Survival on the moon - using a NASA activity we will discover how many of the students have what it takes to become an astronaut!

  • What is gravity? - Einstein's famous gravity demonstration! Plus, Jovian and Pluvian - artwork based on plausible, if rather fictional, gravity-distorted potential life forms!

  • How did the Universe begin? - ideas and two stories that provide evidence: Red shift, the 'mysterious' four degrees, Edwin Hubble, and the Bell laboratories!

  • How big is the Universe? - watching sections from 'The Expanding Universe', a PBS documentary.

  • Reading, 'The Universe', by Seymour Simon - reading, researching for answers to topical questions.

  • What are Stars? - gravity versus energy dance!

  • The 'Life Cycle' of Stars: How Stars are 'born', how they 'live' and how they 'die'! Nebulas, neutron stars, pulsars, black holes and more!

  • How far apart are the planets from each other? - using a NASA exercise, the students will get an idea about the relative distances of the planets from one another.

  • The moon and its phases - understanding and diagramming the phases of the moon.

  • Human exploration: investigating the Mars explorers.

  • Mars special focus:

    • Make a Mars Explorer from unusual building materials.

    • Explore Mars soil sampling using unusual materials!

  • The students will work together on developing their understanding of the Planets through a group project that may culminate in a 'Space Convention' - an alternative Science fair!

    The Class project has the following components:

    • Make a 'robot explorer' for a selected planet using Knex/ Lego.

    • Create a Weebly webpage about a selected Planets.

    • Make a PowerPoint/drama about selected planets. Entertain us by explaining why we should feel great about visiting their planet. Include the following information:

      • Ten facts

      • Distance from the sun

      • Revolution in earth days

      • Size

      • Conditions - temperature, other climate information

      • Moons

      • History of human exploration

    Other topics to briefly introduce include:

     

  • What are Dark Matter and Dark Energy?

  • Exploring the current most important topics in astronomy. Exoplanets? Aliens? It's all here...

 

Space For Thought

Here's a page of excellent links for the Space project.


Completed Projects


Invention Challenge 1

The first challenge is to design and build a wheeled device, using K'Nex, that rolls furthest from the top of a ramp.

We begin our first science unit on the subject of Simple Machines by taking part in this first of several Invention Challenges.

Designs are entered into a Ramp Run Challenge competition.

Students enter their vehicle into the competition. Design team-ups are mandated.
We investigate: What are the main problems each design faces?

Students generate testable hypotheses, identify independent variables, control dependent variables, conduct tests, improve designs, keep records of results.

It's a great way to introduce the students to the essence of Science in a format they all love!
In the final competition, we award Gold, Silver, Bronze, as well as Most Original, Most Unlucky, and Most Artistic awards!

Students will be:

  • Writing about vehicles - prepare for web-publish
  • Take photo of vehicle
  • Continue testing vehicles. Keep records in a chart of distances achieved.

    Discuss:

    • Wheel size
    • Weight
    • Symmetry

Tune back in here next Sunday for the next thrilling full plan!!

 

Science Curriculum Information