Tiffany- Spring panel from the four seasons collection
AHHH. . . SPRING!
AHHH. . . SPRING!
March 20th, the first official day of Spring, marks the Vernal Equinox.
It is one of two times each year when days and nights become nearly equal in length all over the world. (Truth be told, if you want true equality, you'll have to move a bit closer to the equator. . . Equador comes to mind.) It marks a time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator.
The word vernal means "of, relating to, or occurring in the spring." The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus, meaning "equal," and nox, meaning "night." During the Vernal Equinox, the earth's axis is tilted neither toward the sun nor away from it.
MYTH OR REALITY?
According to folklore, on the day of the equinox you can stand a raw egg straight up on end. Truth be told, the time of year has nothing to do with it; with a bit of steadfast determination, you can do this any ole' time. Go ahead; take a crack at it! (Ha! Get it?? Crack?)
SKYGAZERS. . .
Ahhh, to be in Europe!
|2013, Southern Ethiopia|
More precisely, in the extreme northwestern parts of Europe and into the high Arctic. The more north and west you go, the better the show's going to be; a celestial extravaganza! At around 9:41 on the morning of March 20th, the moon will cover the sun, blocking as much as 98% of its light. So, for those of you in the Faroe Islands (north of the United Kingdom) or in most of the Svarlbard archipelago in the high Arctic, at just about the North Pole, the eclipse will be total. Most of the rest of Europe can expect an impressive deep partial solar eclipse.
This is slated to be a double cosmic delight! Not only will it be the biggest solar eclipse since 1999, the event also coincides with a Supermoon! The evening before the eclipse, a phenomenon will occur. The moon, in its elliptical orbit, will be as close to earth as it can possibly be, making it 16% bigger and 30% brighter!
|Area seeing the total solar eclipse.|
Unbelieveable! A Supermoon, Solar Eclipse, and Equinox all happening on the same day!
ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF
FAREWELL, GIFT OF THE NILE
Pyramids, mummies, tombs, and kings
Thousands of years ago, these things
Were part of life in an area
Upon the sands of Africa.
On the banks of the Nile a valley lay
Narrow, fertile - it gave way
To one of the earliest civilizations in history
"Kemet," Egypt, it came to be
The innundation every spring
Brought nutrient-rich black silt for planting
Most people lived on the river's shore
In simple mud huts and nothing more
They served their Pharaoh--god and king--
Their link to the afterlife. Everything.
So they cared to preserve his body, you see;
In elaborate tombs they'd rest his mummy
An expensive and time-consuming process it was
To dehydrate and wrap in 20 layers of gauze
As long as the body existed, thought they
The pharaoh would live and their service repay
Far less is known of the common man
Who buried their dead in the desert sand
Except for the artistry, craftsmanship
They left behind on this narrow strip
Through hieroglyphs carved into stone
Their ancient story became known
A glorious look into the past
At a civilization unsurpassed
Land of the Nile, it's time to go--
We'll take a test on what we know
And share our newfound expertise
Before we enter Ancient Greece
- Wrapping up (Ha! another pun!)
- Test on Wednesday.
THE BASIS FOR THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
FORMULATING THE QUESTION
DOING A LITTLE RESEARCH
MAKING PREDICTIONS . . .
FORMULATING AN HYPOTHESIS
In Science this week:
- Monday: Conduct a cool lab (Postponed from last week. Each student gets their own bag--more data.)
FYI: How to Find Mean, Median, and Mode
- Wednesday/Friday: Review & redo our Science tests.
1:1 Conferencing on PowerPoints this week in preparation for putting them on our blog. Meanwhile, we have other things to keep us busy.
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- Tuesday: Pi Poem
- Wednesday: Sentence Structure: Sentence Fragments review, pages 31-32
- Thursday: Sentence Structure: Complete Sentences, pages 33-34
- Thursday and Friday: Center Square "Rhyming Slogans" using the mentor text, My Brother Dan's Delicious
All work that is not turned in today is homework, due no later than Monday morning at 8:00.
MATH There are three types of percent problems that you are going to have to solve: finding the part, the whole, and the percent. Like with most things, there's more than one way to solve these problems, so choose the one you understand the most.
Monday: Finding the Whole from a Percent--Pages 211 to 212 and 5.6
- Tuesday: REVIEW of what we've learned in this chapter. (See below for practice assignments.)
CLASSSROOM PRACTICE/REVIEW VIDEOS
Let's go back to the very beginning. . .
LOTS OF PRACTICE WITH WORD PROBLEMS
FINDING THE PART
FINDING THE TOTAL
FINDING THE PERCENT
- Fractions into Decimals and Percents
- Change Percents to Fractions and Reduce to Lowest Terms
- A Number is What Percent of a Given Number?
- Finding the Whole Given the Percent and the Part interactive
Thursday: Corrections, TBA
Friday: TBA (Are we talking BHT.2, here?)
Complete Unit 12
Test on Friday
ARE YOU READING?
INDEPENDENT READING EXPECTATIONS REITERATED
Like every month, expect to fill out a "Planning Ahead" sheet and finish at least one independent book. Book projects are due on the last (school) day of the month, and from now on, no class time will be given to complete them. (They are, after all, your "Independent Book Projects.") I will provide you with the necessary directions for this month's project next week.
Monday: Extended Science Lab
Tuesday: Extended Social /Studies
Wednesday: Story selection/ Comprehension.1
Thursday: Story selection/ Comprehension.2
Friday: Story selection, Comprehension 3
Anybody living in the north country will appreciate
THIS sentiment as ANOTHER snow storm hits
on the last weekend of winter. "BLEAH!"
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