Science 9 – Students were asked to create a small project. Each group was given an object to research. They had to find a bit of information about the object, and then describe what the Earth would look like if a person were on the object looking at us right now. So if a person was in the Andromeda Galaxy which is 4 million light years away, they would see the Earth as it was 4 million years ago. It was a great activity to learn about different types of objects in space and learn about distances in the universe. This activity was taken from the Perimeter Institutes teacher resources.
Science 9 – Today the grade 9’s had their field trip to the Space Center. I chose for them to do three activities: cosmic courtyard, planet hunter and a movie on black holes. As anticipate, the black holes movie was the highlight. The cosmic courtyard needs a major refresher, as many of their exhibits don’t work anymore….
Science 9 – As part of their learning about the Big Bang and the expanding universe, students do an activity where they model this expansion with balloons. They noticed that all of the galaxies move away from each other and that the expansion goes in all directions. To help with these topics, I’m using parts from the Perimeter Institutes resource package.
Science 9 – For our first day about space I had the students generate their own questions. I used the methodology outlined in Make Just One Change.
Space is a fantastic unit for inquiry. Pretty much every kid has things they wonder about for space. And by going through all of these questions they’re interested in, we actually cover all of the required learning objectives.
Science 9 – May 27
The class was working through the Hertzsprung-Russel diagram and classifying stars. We had to come back to this a little bit because the previous week we did a field trip to the MacMillan Space Center. Above you can see differing quality of work.
Science 9 – May 21
Today the students were supposed to learn about different types of stars and I had planned for them to learn about the Hertzsprugn-Russel diagram. Most kids were content to methodically work through the sketch activity and I was ok with that. The grade 9 students are in their “calming down” phase that I’ve seen happen after April. They are getting more mature and becoming better students. It’s a welcomed relief.
Science 9 – May 12
Students used balloons to model the concept of universe expansion and how galaxies move away from each other. This model does not accommodate gravitational effects between galaxies.