What a pleasure it was to meet so many of your parents during conferences. However, don’t forget you are in the driver’s seat of your education! It’s your decision to be responsible for assignments, review, organize, etc.
This week I’m excited to introduce you to a new computer simulation program! We piloted the Gizmo Explore Learning program late last spring, but now we have the full program available to us. This week we’ll expand our studies of the earth, moon and sun using these simulations. I think you’ll enjoy how the they bring a new dimension to our learning strategies.
Speaking of learning strategies:
- Please visit this website at least twice a week. Once early in the week to see what’s coming, and once later in the week to remember to come prepared for various activities.
- Please revisit your text/notes every evening for 10-12 minutes. You must spend time with this information to build meaning. It’s too much information to leave until your review before the test or quiz.
- Remember, your best study tool is to stay focused during our 50 minutes together. It’s very hard to replace those minutes.
Monday: Student Field Trip Presentations. View slide presentation on movement of the Earth and moon around the sun. Explore rotation, revolution, length of shadows and how movement of our planet affects what we experience here on Earth. We’ll discuss and take some notes. This information is on pages 6-13 in your text.
Tuesday: Student Field Trip Presentations. We’ll focus on how the angle of incidence of the sun’s rays on earth affect our seasons through demonstrations, a slide presentation and notes.
Wednesday: Student Field Trip Presentations. Gizmo Explore Learning Simulations: Earth, Moon and Sun. We’ll explore concepts of earth in space through observation, collection of data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence.
Thursday: Field Trip Presentations. Gizmo Explore Learning Simulations: Seasons. We’ll explore the change of seasons through observation of the movement and tilt of the earth, measurement of the angles of incidence of the sun resulting from the earth’s tilt, and drawing conclusions from our graphed data.
Friday: Field Trip Presentations. You and your classmates will present short review information about topics we’ve studied this week and we’ll have a brief quiz over such ideas as rotation, revolution, solstices, causes of day/night, seasons, and shadow lengths.