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Archive for February, 2008

Space Test

Posted by iateacher on February 25, 2008

Attention Everyone:

Our final unit test for space is coming up!  The test will be next Tuesday, March 4, 2008.  Below are items that students should study.  There will also be a sample test posted on my web site sometime this week.

Students should know:

  • VOCABULARY WORDS
    • waxing
    • waning
    • absolute magnitude
    • apparent magnitude
    • galaxy
    • sphere
    • solar system
    • meteor
    • meteorite
    • asteroid
    • constellation
    • nebula
    • axis
    • comet
    • ellipse
  •  CONCEPTS (The following will be multiple choice)
    • Why do we see the same side of the moon all the time
    • What is the shape of the orbits of most comets
    • What causes day and night
    • What causes seasons
    • What is a light year
    • Where the asteroid belt is located
    • One of the conditions required for life on Earth
    • How long is Earth’s rotation
    • What is distinctive about Jupiter
    • How long does one revolution around the sun take
    • What type of galaxy is the Milky Way
    • When can a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse occur
    • What theory astronomers use to describe the formation of the universe
    • How scientists think the Moon formed
  •  COMPLETION (Students must fill in the blanks)
    • What is Jupiter’s red spot
    • Ancient astronomers thought that all celestial objects revolved around what?
    • Why can we see the moon?
    • How many hours does it take for Earth to rotate on it’s axis
    • What is the term for the times when there are equal hours of day and night
    • Which planet has a density less than water?
    • What are the round pits on the moon called?
    • What force pulls the moon toward the Earth
  •  OTHER
    • Students need to put the phases of the moon in order (given diagrams)
    • Students need to label the planets and some other objects from the solar system

 Thanks and good luck students (STUDY HARD)!!!!

Mr. Yerington

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Space Project

Posted by iateacher on February 11, 2008

Each student will be required to complete an OUT OF CLASS project on an aspect of Astronomy for Mr. Yerington and Ms. Griggs.  This project will be due on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008.  Students will need to choose one of the projects below or may get their own idea cleared by their teacher.  This project will be worth 100 points!!

STUDENTS MUST CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Three page report
  • Power Point Presentation
  • Labeled Drawing
  • Scale Model

For further information, please ask your child to see the three page handout they received today or Tuesday.  This handout also discusses the grading criteria.

Thanks

Mr. Yerington and Ms. Griggs

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Chapter 3 Quiz – Space

Posted by iateacher on February 11, 2008

This Thursday, February 14 there will be a quiz over chapter 3.  Following are items that will be on the quiz:

  • Know that in the solar system we can find planets, a sun, dwarf planets and other items which include asteroids, comets, and meteoroids
  • Know where most asteroids are located
  • Understand that the sun is the CENTER of the solar system
  • Know the names of three dwarf planets
  • Be prepared to list the eight planets IN ORDER and give one distinguishing feature of each planet

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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Jupiter’s Moons Worksheet Assigned Today

Posted by iateacher on February 11, 2008

Today students received a worksheet with five circles drawn on it.  The center circle should be labeled Jupiter and colored to look like the planet.  The other four should each be labeled with the name of one of Jupiter’s large moons (covered in the book) which are Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.  They will also need to be colored to look like those moons.  In each circle (including the one labeled Jupiter) they need a minimum of TWO facts about that body.  They can find this information on page 83 of their book (online or hard copy during homeroom tomorrow)

Thanks

Mr. Yerington

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