The Worth of a Challenge

If you give a child a fish, you feed him for a day.
If you teach a child to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
But if you teach a child to learn, you feed him for a lifetime
and he doesn't have to just eat fish.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Soaring into Space!

We are moving toward outer space in our next science unit

This is the text we will be working from.

Our Science learning objectives:

How Do Scientists Study Space? 
  •  Scientists study space using instruments such as telescopes and satellites.
  •  The moon is the only place in space where human beings have walked (besides planet Earth).
  •  There is no air, water, wind, or life on the moon, and the moon has less gravity than the Earth.
  •  The moon is made of rock and dust. 
  •  The moon orbits around the Earth and sun. 
  •  The moon looks bright because its surface is lit up by the sun (it does not make its
  • own light).
  •  The sun is one of a vast number of stars. 
  •  Stars are burning and they create heat and light. 
  •  The sun has different layers, which are different temperatures. 
  •  Without the sun, the Earth would be frozen and could not support living things. 
  •  Stars vary in mass, temperature, color, and size (optional Home Day objective). 
  •  The color of a star depends on how hot it is (optional Home Day objective). 
  •  Star groups, called constellations, are given names to help us locate them in the
  • sky. 
  •  There are many different constellations.
Solar System:
  •  Our solar system is made up of a sun and all of the planets that go around it, their moons, and other smaller objects such as asteroids, meteors, and comets.
  •  Our solar system is a small part of a galaxy, called the Milky Way.

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