Middle school

1st quarter 2017
Tuesday 9/5/17  Seating chart, Lab:  How much sugar is in a stick of gum? 

Wednesday 9/6/17  Class expectations, student interviews

Thursday 9/7/17 
Computer Expectations, interviews

Friday 9/8/16  Complete Interview PowerPoints and present.

Monday 9/11/17  Present all interviews. 

Tuesday 9/12/17    Seasons introduction / pretest
Rotation-Revolution lesson.   

Wednesday 9/13/17 
Seasons lesson. 

Thursday 9/14/17  Assignment: 
What causes the seasons?

Use these webpages:
and refer to pages 683-687 to do the following assignment due Friday:

Individually create a drawing that shows a side view (slightly tilted)of Earth’s orbit. Your drawing should show the tilt of the axis pointed in the correct direction for the following days:
December Solstice,
March Equinox,
June Solstice 
September Equinox.

Draw and label these things on your drawing as well:
The Sun,
Arctic circle,
Antarctic circle,
Tropic of Cancer,
Tropic of Capricorn
and Earth’s axis (pointed in the correct direction for each of the 4 positions)

Label where Rochester has the longest and shortest days and where the
angle of our sun is the highest and lowest.

Honors:  Also create a north pole view of the four positions labeling the north pole, arctic circle and the seasons.

or create an animation showing all of the above using PowerPoint or other software. 

Friday  9/15/17  Complete and correct drawing.  Ready pgs. 683-689.  Answer section review questions 1-5 on 689.  Due Monday. 

Monday 9/18/17  Complete and correct pg 683-689 1-5.
Tuesday 9/19/17 Sun Angle Lab  

Wednesday  9/20/17
  Seasons Quiz.   Text book distribution.  Bill Nye The Seasons

Thursday 9/21/17    Lunar Phase Lesson  The Universe Moon

Friday 9/22/17    Read 692-702.  Complete a KWL chart for those pages.  Divide your paper into three columns.  In the first column (K), write down anything you know about the moon before you begin reading.  In the W or middle column, write down at least three questions you have about the moon before or during the reading.  In the last (L) column, write down any new information you learned from the reading. 
Season Quiz retakes.

Monday 9/25/1  If we had no moon. (Video)  KWL pg 683 - 689 due. 

Tuesday  9/26/17  Moon Motions Lab day 1. 
Wednesday 9/27/17    Lab Day 2.  Lunar Phase Review.
Thursday 9/28/16   Lunar Phase Quiz
Eclipse Lesson

Friday9/29/17  Tides:705-706 Read as a class. 
Draw the position of the earth sun and moon for a Spring Tide and a Neap tide in your notebook.
Label the moon phase for each position.  


 Monday  10/2/17    Tides and Eclipses internet worksheet.  Upload file with group member names to Google Classroom when finished.  

Tuesday 10/3/17 Eclipse and Tide quiz

Video:  How The Universe Works:  Solar Systems

Wednesday 10/4/17  Solar System video assignment: 

1. How did the solar system form?
2. How did the sun start to shine?
3. How did the planets form?
4. What is gravity?
5. Why don’t planets fall into the sun?
6. What are the inner planets?
7. What are the outer planets?
8. How is Pluto different from the outer planets?
9. What is the difference between asteroids and comets?
10. What is the Oort Cloud?

Thursday 10/5/17  No School

Friday 10/6/17  Planetarium Field Trip all hours.  Honors:  Science Fair Project Introduction , Parts of an Experiment notes. 

Monday  10/9/17
  Planet Data Assignment:  Use the book and the web to find the following information about each planet: Average distance from the sun Density Composition Mass Temperature range Gravitational Attraction Length of year (Revolution) Length of Day (Rotation) Number of Moons Fill out the diagram listing the similarities and differences between the inner and outer planets based on the data you found above.

Honors Option:  Make a graph of one of the columns of data.  Choose the type of graph that would best show the differences of what you are plotting.  Tile your graph and label each axis appropriately with units in ()s

Tuesday  10/10/17  Planet data work time 

Wednesday 10/11/17  Planet distance model. See attached file for instructions and extra credit options.

Thursday 10/12/17

1.  Inner Planets: Read 725-732. 3-2-1 Summary: 3 - List three things that all rocky planets have in common. 2 - Name the two planets that are almost the same size. 1 - Explain why Mars may be the best hope for a human colony some day.

2.  Outer Planets: Read 734-739 Answer questions 1-5 on pg. 739

Friday 10/ 13/17  Complete and  Review answers to 321 and 739 1-5.  Video:  Bill Nye The Planets

Monday 10/16/17  Density Lab 

 Tuesday 10/17/17  Planet Quiz ,   Secrets of the Sun video KWL

 Wednesday 10/18/17  Read 755 - 759 Answer these questions using complete sentences: 
 1. What is the closest star to Earth? 
 2. How much of the solar system's mass is found in the sun? 
 3. What process creates the light and heat released from the sun?
 4. What gas is created from hydrogen in the sun's core?
 5. What are sun spots? 
 6. What protects the Earth from solar wind storms?



Monday 10/23/17   Notes: Stars  
Read 755 - 759 Answer these questions using complete sentences: 
 1. What is the closest star to Earth? 
 2. How much of the solar system's mass is found in the sun? 
 3. What process creates the light and heat released from the sun?
 4. What gas is created from hydrogen in the sun's core?
 5. What are sun spots? 
 6. What protects the Earth from solar wind storms?

Tuesday 10/24/17  Spectral analysis demonstration.  

Read Pages 762, 770-779.
 Use complete sentences to answer these questions:
1.What is a light year?
2.Why do astronomers use light years to measure distances in space?
3.How are galaxies and solar systems similar? How are they different?
4.Describe three types of galaxies.
5.What are two ways of detecting black holes?
6.How do we know that other stars and galaxies are made of the same stuff as ours?
7.What is the Doppler effect and how can it be used to measure galactic motion?
8.What is the big bang and when did it happen?
9.What evidence is there for the big bang?
10.How do scientists study the conditions that existed shortly after the big bang?

Wednesday 10/25/17
Begin Astronomy Research Project.
Research an astronomy topic or your choice.

  • With a partner (groups of NO MORE THAN 2):

  • Create a google slide show:

    • Log in to Google Classroom (student id)

    • Use the correct code to join your hour's class. 

    • Using Google slides, create slideshow

    • Share file with your partner

    • On Monday, be prepared to present your findings to the class.


       5 points:  General description of the topic. (Who, what , when, why, how.)

      5 points:  History of your topic.  (Discovery?  Other major dates and events important to your topic. 

      5 points:  Uses related pictures and graphics to inform the reader.

      5 points:  Information is summarized and in your own words.

      5 points:  Glossary:  New vocabulary words are defined so that 8th graders can understand them. (5 or more.)

      5 points:  Bibliography is in MLA format and alphabetized.

       Possible topics:  Planets, moons, dwarf planets, kuiper belt objects, oort cloud, comets, asteroids, magnetic field, stars, nebula, space telescopes, space missions (Viking, Voyager, Pioneer, Spirit – Opportunity), galaxies, NASA programs (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle, International Space Station, etc.) , S.E.T.I., famous astronomers, general relativity, black holes, worm holes, quasars, pulsars and more.

Thursday 10/26/17 Work Day

Friday 10/27/17  Work Day

Monday 10/30/17  Present to class

Tuesday 10/31/17  Complete Presentations / Begin test review

Wednesday 11/1/17  Astronomy review worksheet due at the end of the hour.
Use these notes, old assignments and your textbook to help you find answers:
Seasons Notes
Lunar Phase / Eclipses
Tides / Gravity

Thursday  11/2/17  Astronomy Test

Friday 11/3/17  Begin Apollo 13

Monday  11/6/17  Apollo 13

Tuesday 11/7/17  Complete movie.  Retakes.  Matter notes part 1.

Wednesday 11/8/17  Matter notes part 2  Begin Atom Packet

Thursday  119/17  End of quarter 1  All late work and retakes due


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