Category Archives: Scientists

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

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