Eric's Weekly Update 9-19-13

posted Sep 20, 2013, 10:17 AM by Cynthia Friedman
This week…
By this reading we will have had a lot of discussions about the universe. Naturally, this is a big topic and we can only really scratch the surface. This week we saw a video about the universe and how hard it is to find answers to puzzling observations. Hard work is necessary to satisfy the curious mind. We also talked about the birth and death of stars (nucleosynthesis) and the Bohr model for making reproductions of elements.
Students are still trying to shake off the summer and adopt the academic expectations of a new school year, and the battle is a bit difficult for some. We will eventually all be onboard the Ridgeline Railroad.
Next week and beyond…
Next week we will be learning about the basics of our own solar system, sizes and distances, the asteroid belt (mostly between Mars and Jupiter), and then a visit from Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist) by way of a Nova production called “Origins”. Before the week is out we will begin the second Great Lesson called The Story of the Coming of Life (or the Coming of the Earth, in some circles). With this lesson we begin our discussion of the 5 Kingdoms of Life, oceans, the hemispheres, and land-water features. We will also be doing some artwork relating to the solar system and landforms.

This is also the week Rick Kang visits us. He will come on two consecutive days for a few hours. This was his idea because he has so much to share and doesn’t want to kids to go supernova! 
Our trip to the Science Factory will depend on the behavior of the class. Right now I have some concern about the safety and respect of the group outside the school. Once this concern has been decreased I will set a date. The students are aware of this. 

Eric and Emily