Thursday, May 21, 2009

Having Some Fun

After you complete the final you'll probably want a little down time. Here are some sites that allow for creativity to rule. Enjoy.
Imagination Cubed - Invite a friend to collaborate on a drawing.

Make a Pixton Comic about something.

Animate your cartoons with GoAnimate.

Playing with words at Wordle. Write a poem and Wordle it. Put your favorite words into a wordle. There's lots you can do.

Explore science simulations.

And then, for those interested in using their iPods to their fullest educational potential, there is 100 Ways to Use Your iPod in Education.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Atlantis Shuttle Mission to Hubble Telescope

If you're interested in sniffing around a bit more and participating in a spacewalk simulation similar to what the Atlantis crew will be doing visit the NASA Spacesuits and Spacewalk site. Be war - the simulation only works on PC's at the moment and is in beta testing at the moment.

The NASA video page also has great footage if you're interested in learning more.

There's so much on the internet regarding Hubble. is another great resource to investigate Hubble. The great thing is that every time you read something new it generates more questions.

How does that monstrous ship get into space? Let's review the Newton's Laws of Motion.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Orbit Origins

Over the next few days we'll spend some time exploring orbit origins.
Go to the My Solar System website and await further instruction.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Year of Documented Learning

We have studied many topics in Earth Science this year and all are documented in both your Science notebook and your blog. Review your blog entries and your table of contents in your Science notebook for the entire year.

For your final blog assignment, you will tell me about your favorite topic from each of the units of study in Earth Science.
  1. Astronomy
  2. Weather and Climate (Earth's Atmosphere)
  3. Geology
  4. Weathering and Erosion
  5. Earth's Waters
Label each unit of study and identify your favorite topic. Provide a detailed explanation (evidence) as to why this was your favorite topic.
Include a picture for each topic.

This is due May 15th.

* Your last blog post should be to sign off from your 8th Grade Earth Science blog or to redefine the blog's purpose. Your choice.*

And always, remember your larger audience when writing.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Water's Journey

Compare and contrast the origin and journey of Manitou Springs drinking water vs. Colorado Springs drinking water. Write your response as a new blog post.