Category Archives: Science

Who is Stephen Hawking?

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A) He has changed the way we think black holes, the solar system, and the universe

B) A genius (like Einstein and Marie Curie) who is 70 years old.

C) he holds the mathematics “chair” at Cambridge University in England, the same position held by Sir Isaac Newton and Einstein.

D) All of the above

Why is he in a wheelchair?

Hawking has a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as motor neurone disease in the UK and as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US, that has gradually paralysed him over the decades.[20][21] He now communicates using a single cheek muscle attached to aspeech-generating device.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking#Disability

Learn more by clicking below:

  1. http://www.ducksters.com/biography/scientists/stephen_hawking.p
  2. http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-stephen-hawking/
  3. http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/famous-scientists/physicists/10-cool-things-stephen-hawking1.htm
  4. Geniuses: http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Artigas/Notable.htm

Welcome to our Galaxy

Are you lost?

Here’s a Solar System Atlas

You are here:

Learn About Galaxies With KidsAstronomy.com

There are billions of Galaxies in the Universe. Some are very small with only a few million stars. While others could have as many as 400 billion stars, or even more. There are three kinds of Galaxies, Spiral, Elliptical, and Irregular. The only difference between the three is what shape they are.

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/galaxys.htm

The Local Group
There are billions of galaxies in our Universe. Most of these are clumped together in small groups. Our own galaxy which is called The Milky Way Galaxy lies within a group of galaxies that we call The Local Group.

The Local Group consists of about 30 galaxies. The three largest are The Andromeda Galaxy, The Milky Way Galaxy, and Triangulum.

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A galaxy is a massive group of stars, star clusters, interstellar gas and dust, and dark matter which is all gravitationally bound together.

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/space/galaxies.html

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The Milky Way Isn’t Just A Candy Bar!

While there are, indeed, many truly astonishing facts about the night sky and its many celestial bodies, here are just a few to get you started:

1. The sun that brings us light and warmth, and makes life on earth possible, is just one member of the galaxy known as the Milky Way. In this galaxy, there are between 200-400 billion stars that are each as big as the sun or even bigger. The fact that there are so many larger and hotter stars in this immense galaxy is sure to astonish and amaze any curious little mind.

2. Not only is the Milky Way huge in and of itself, it is only one galaxy among tens of billions of other galaxies. Each of these immense galaxies contain billions of stars. What’s more, even though the Milky Way is quite huge, some of these other galaxies are even larger!

3. Even though the Milky Way is one of the smaller galaxies, it is still bigger than we can reasonably imagine. Let you kids know that if you had a really fast car that could travel at a speed of 5,000,800,000,000 miles in a year, it would still take a hundred thousand years to drive from one side of the Milky Way to the other.

4. The Milky Way is older than old! In fact, scientists believe that it is 14,000,000,000 (14 billion) years old.

http://www.johnphiliphunter.com/astronomy-articles/enjoying-the-night-sky-with-your-kids/

How many planets are there in our SOLAR SYSTEM?

9? 8 ? Would you believe 13? or more…

Would you like to watch some videos now?

  1. http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html
  2. https://www.brainpop.com/search/?keyword=Galaxies
  3. http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/uncgi/Solar

Would you like to BUILD YOUR OWN sOlAr sYStem?

Art Projects for kids: YOU CAN MAKE IT!

  1. http://members.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/astronomy/solarsystemmodel/

For Teachers ( Any adult):

  1. http://amazingspace.org/resources/explorations/galaxies-galore/teacher/lessonplan.html
  2. http://pics-about-space.com/what-are-the-4-types-of-galaxies?p=1#
  3. http://www.johnphiliphunter.com/astronomy-articles/enjoying-the-night-sky-with-your-kids/

Art Projects:

  1. http://mrskarensclass.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/lets-fly-to-moon-or-jupiter.html?m=1
  2. http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2009/03/26/planets-and-galaxy-project-for-fifth/
  3. http://www.redtedart.com/2012/07/09/space-crafts-ideas-to-inspire/
  4. http://www.adventure-in-a-box.com/20-crafts-to-build-the-night-sky-creative-challenge-results/
  5. http://naturalbornhomeschooler.com/?s=solar

Any speaking of OLD, here’s a bonus activity for fossils:

  1. http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2012/06/clay-leaf-imprints-fossils-lesson.html

Science Biographies

General Search engines:

  1. http://www.famousscientists.org/
  2. Interactive timeline: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/timeline/famouspeople/
  3. Famous Biologists: http://www.macroevolution.net/famous-biologists.html
  4. http://gardenofpraise.com/leaders.htm
  5. http://www.theschoolrun.com/welcome-homework-gnome
  6. http://www.ducksters.com/biography/
  7. http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0855207.html
  8. http://www.kidsclick.org/searches/search.php?searchtype=subject&keywords=biography

Specific Scientists:

Sue Hendrickson, who discovered a dinosaur!

http://www.sue-hendrickson.info/biography.asp

Mary Anning

  1. http://www.macroevolution.net/mary-anning.html
  2. http://www.famousscientists.org/mary-anning/
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/mary_anning/
  4. http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/mary-anning
  5. http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/anning.html

Books: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anning-Fossil-Hunter-Biographies/dp/1575054574

 

 

Solar System research

Are you curious about constellations? Our solar system? Planets?

Then check out a great website for children:

http://www.windows2universe.org/windows.html&edu=elem

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There are three different reading levels, Spanish, and a UNIVERSE of information!

Do you want to know about the history of rockets and space flight?

Places to start:

1. Ducksters

2. Ducksters: Space Race!

3. Starchild

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Other sites:

1. Here is a detailed timeline:  http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/chronology.html

2. More photos and info here: http://www.spaceline.org/index.html

3. NASA website with info on Robert H. Goddard

4. Another timeline : http://www.space.com/4422-timeline-50-years-spaceflight.html

5. NASA

Writing Trivia Questions? Here are some examples:

1.Trivia Champ

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First Great Lesson

Monday was the first snowfall of the school year. It was also our first Great Lesson.  The First Great Lesson is the story of the Big Bang or the creation of the universe. It is often a source of inspiration for children to delve deeper into the mysteries of life on our tint planet and the nature of the cosmos. For more on the Great Lessons click here. Looking for a version to read at home with your children? Jennifer Morgan has created stunning picture books of each and they are available at the public library: Born with a Bang

Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the HMS Beagle

For Biography study this year, I have chosen Charles Darwin for the following reasons:

1. He is the father of evolution which is basically the foundation of our Timeline of Life and our Second Great Story.

2. South America is one of the continents we will study as a class. Darwin’s time in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador, and time in South America was key to his scientific discoveries.

3. It opens the door to further biographical study of other famous scientists. We own numerous copies of other books in the “Who Was…. ” series.

Picture Books:

1. Who was Charles Darwin?

http://www.amazon.com/Who-Charles-Darwin-Deborah-Hopkinson/dp/0448437643/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415456453&sr=8-1&keywords=who+was+charles+darwin

2. One Beetle Too Many

http://www.amazon.com/One-Beetle-Too-Many-Extraordinary/dp/0763668435/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415456576&sr=8-1&keywords=one+beetle+charles+darwin

Geography Resources:

1. About Darwin has an INTERACTIVE map!

 http://www.aboutdarwin.com/voyage/voyage01.html

2. The Beagle Library

http://darwin-online.org.uk/BeagleLibrary/Beagle_Library_Introduction.htm

3. Australian National Maritime Museum

http://www.anmm.gov.au/en/Learn/Library-and-Research/Research/Research-Guides-Pages/HMS-Beagle

4. CNRS has an extensive video and interactive illustrations!!!

http://www.cnrs.fr/cw/dossiers/dosdarwinE/darwin.html

5. DK Books has clip art available on many great scientists:

file:///Volumes/EW_GreatScience/Eyewitness%20Great%20Scientists/album%20(US)/index.html

Darwin

Animals of the Galapagos:

1. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/galapagosislands.html

2. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/photos/animals-of-the-galapagos/

3. http://www.kidsdiscover.com/spotlight/galapagos-for-kids/

4. http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/14-unique-animals-of-the-galapagos-islands/galapagos-finches