Books of the Month- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei & Astronomy)

Middleworld by: J& P Voelkel

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Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by: Nathan Bransford

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Cosmic by :Frank Cottrell Boyce

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The Jupiter Chronicles by: Leonardo Ramirez

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Kepler’s Dream by: Juliet Bell

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My Weird School Fast Facts- Space, Humans and Farts: by Dan Gutman

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Breadcrumbs by: Anne Ursu

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Reaching For the Moon: by Buzz Aldrin

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The Berestain Bears- On The Moon by: Stan & Jan Berenstain

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The Star Wars Trilogy by: George Lucas

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Science In The Community- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei)

Ashcroft-Observatory-Entrance-SUUGalileo BONUS: Go visit the SUU Ashcroft observatory.

I have been here a couple times and it is awesome! In our unit on Galileo and astronomy, the students are learning all about the universe. This is the perfect spot to visit and observe the stars and planets.

Phone: (435) 586-1409

The Ashcroft Observatory is located on the hilltop just south of the SUU farm on Westview Drive.

OPEN NIGHTS

In keeping with a long-standing tradition stemming from its opening in the early 1970s, the Observatory remains focused on community involvement and learning opportunities. The Ashcroft Observatory is open every Monday night to all those interested in learning about constellations or viewing distant parts of the galaxy. Interested parties should plan on arriving at the observatory just as the sun sets. As weather or other conditions might alter this schedule, before driving out, please call the number above to make sure someone is there.

This is a free opportunity, and has been of great use in the past to school groups, scout groups and families, but all are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the splendor in the skies. ~SUU

So go blast off to the observatory. The sky is the limit!

Together We Can Rule The Galaxy- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei)

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered, the point is to discover them.” ~Galileo Galilei

In this unit we will be learning all about Galileo, space, galaxies, stars, the sun and the planets and tying in the solar system to our theme of STAR WARS. Of course the force in strong in my class. Don’t underestimate the power of science haha! I stinkin love Star Wars and actually went to a sight where they filmed The Force Awakens. Okay I know I’m geeking out. Now onto the scientist we will be learning about.

Considered the father of modern science, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) made major contributions to the fields of physics, astronomy, cosmology, mathematics and philosophy. He invented an improved telescope that let him observe and describe the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, the phases of Venus, sunspots and the rugged lunar surface. His flair for self-promotion earned him powerful friends among Italy’s ruling elite and enemies among the Catholic Church’s leaders. His advocacy of a heliocentric universe brought him before religious authorities in 1616 and again in 1633, when he was forced to recant and placed under house arrest for the rest of his life. ~ History.com

He improved the telescope, discovered the laws of the pendulum and is famous for discovering that the sun was the center of the universe, not Earth, as they believed at the time.

 

Science in the community- (Unit #3 Marie Curie)

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Curie Bonus: Attend Steam Scream @ SUU Ballroom with your family

October 16th: 5:00-8:00 pm (Open to public during evening hours)

This is a great opportunity for the students to get hands on stem education at our very own Southern Utah University.

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Find one way you use chemistry in your everyday life. Ask your parent to help you figure out one way, (acid/base reactions, digestion, exercise, cooking, combustion, soaps, plants, elements in your body, etc.) experiment with adult supervision if needed and then tell me about it when you turn in your science in the community ticket.

Mrs. Westwood’s Wizarding School of Witchcraft (Unit #3 Marie Curie)

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“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”~Marie Curie

Scientist Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win the award in two different fields — physics and chemistry. Curie’s efforts, with her husband Pierre Curie, led to the discovery of polonium and radium and, after Pierre’s death, the further development of X-rays. She is the known as the grandfather of radioactivity and it is because of this discovery that people today are able to cure cancer and other illnesses. She also pushed the boundaries for female scientific and academic achievements.

In class we will be learning about cause and effect. We will be making chemical reactions, learning how to make slime, different potions, snow, blowing up balloons with carbon dioxide and making elephant toothpaste. All of these fun activities will be mixed with a Harry Potter theme and spells. ~Expecto Patronum!

 

Monarch Butterflies

I just recently went on a caterpillar hunt in Circleville, UT and now we have 6 monarch caterpillars that are starting to go through metamorphosis and turn into chrysalises in our science classroom. If your kids want to drop by the downstairs science classroom, the little fellas will be in a clear tupperware over by the window if they want to get a peek. When they emerge as butterflies, we will let their wings dry out and then set them free. I don’t know which day or class it will happen. I hope you will come watch this amazing transformation.

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Fun facts about Monarch Butterflies

  1. A Monarch’s bright colors tell predators “Warning- don’t eat me! I’m poisonous”
  2. They undertake one of the largest migrations for their size in the animal kingdom – around 2000 miles down to Central Mexico
  3. The females come all the way back to lay their eggs in the North
  4. They only eat milkweed
  5. The entire metamorphoses takes about one month. From egg- to caterpillar- to chrysalis- to Butterfly
  6. The butterflies fly about 22 miles a day
  7. Because of logging in Mexico and pesticide use, the monarch butterfly’s population is shrinking.
  8. You can help by planting milkweed in your yard and growing your own monarch butterfly farm and protect them from predators.

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Science in the community-(Unit #2 Isaac Newton)

Newton BONUS: Visit the Aquatic Center or a local park and find somewhere that uses Newton’s laws of motion.

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The students are learning all about Newton’s laws of motion and gravity, and also about mass and weight. Mass is how much matter is in an object. Weight is how much gravity is pulling on an object. Gravity pulls harder on the thing that has the greatest mass (or is the heaviest). They will be using all of this information when building their angry birds marshmallow catapults and roller coasters. Have fun making a splash and diving into physics!!

Angry Birds Are Mad About Physics- (Unit #2 Isaac Newton)

“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”

In this unit we will be highlighting Isaac Newton and working with gravity, physics, engineering and mathematics. He taught the law on gravitation, the theory of gravity and invented calculus to explain it. He also came up with the theory on ocean tides which explained high and low tides because of the moon’s gravitational pull and he’s known for the reflecting telescope.

Example of Newton’s laws of motion: 1st law: The law of inertia. E.g. -A soccer ball will not move until a player kicks it. 2nd law: F=MA (Force = Mass X Acceleration). E.g. – You have to push a heavy ball harder to get it to move as fast as a small one. 3rd law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite re-action E.g.- A fireman turns on his hose and is knocked backwards.

In class we will be making angry birds marshmallow catapults. We will talk about the angles in math and how you have to aim to knock over the pigs. Also, how if you pull back further, the birds will go farther.