Eric's Weekly Update 9-23-11

posted Sep 23, 2011, 11:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman
This week…
The Coming of Life is such an easy thing to say, and yet according to the scientists’ story it took billions of years to get from no life (Hadean Era) to single celled organisms (Archeozoic Era) and then to complicated multi-celled organisms like those we have today (Neozoic Era). Life has been working very hard while we weren’t paying attention. Speaking of working hard, interested students have been building atoms using the Bohr Diagram, but so far no spontaneous life has been seen. Probably a good thing. Your children looked wonderful for their pictures, by the way. I saw many ties and hair bows. By the end of this week, all those irritating assessments will be out of the way and I can teach again!

Next week and beyond…
Next week we continue our studies of land and water features by discussing the use of maps and looking for specific features on them, how to make something round appear flat (ancient and modern maps), the Clock of Eras (using the face of a clock to show passage of millennia), the Science Factory trip and catch-up lessons. Because life happens, I have worked in a day here and there to get in the lessons I simply run out of time to do as scheduled.

Our trip to the Science Factory will begin early on the 29th. We will be LEAVING the school at 8:45 to catch the 8:54 bus. We have arranged a visit to the main exhibit hall for an hour before going into the planetarium to see two short presentations on the solar system and the moon. We will plan on lunch outside the factory and return to school by 12:20 or so.

Please remember to return your permission slips with the entrance ($5.00) fee ASAP. It prevents the teachers from getting stressed out!

Eric and Adriene