Sunday, December 6, 2015

"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them." Marcus Aurelius

Skywatchers got a treat at dawn 
on Sunday, December 5 as the moon paired up 
with Mars and its sister planets. 
The annual Geminid Meteor Shower officially arrived on Saturday, December 5th!  Though the shower is more like a dripping faucet in the beginning, it will intensify in the coming days until it peaks on December 14th.  Get ready, because at that point, "the shower will become one of the premier astronomical events of the year!"1.

Just like the Leonids were named because the meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Leo. . .

The Geminids appear tp radiate from the Gemini constellation.

Check out THIS excellent site for more information.


"On December 5 and through the following week, comet Catalina 
will glide past the bright row of planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, 
joined by the crescent moon and the bright blue star Spica."2.
Want to find Catalina?  ". . .face southeast about an hour before local sunrise. The comet will be some 15 degrees above the horizon, about equal to the span between your pinky and index fingers held at arm’s length."2.

FYI:We're in the midst of a pretty powerful weather phenomenon known as 
El Niño 

Look HERE for 14 interesting facts about El Niño you may not know!

December's Sky Events
Video of Mt. Etna erupting!

And now. . .  Just for fun. . .


Monday:   Remember these terms from last week!

Test on Friday

Go over stuff and practice, practice, practice!

Don't be this guy. . .

Tuesday: Presenting. . .

The Story of Earth and Life

Wednesday:   Here, for your learning pleasure, are the terms again. Go over them with a friend, a, parent, a sibling, your dog. . .Test on Friday. Practice, practice, practice!

Example of a baaaaad idea!

TO DO:  Complete Interactive Notebook Activity

A great introduction to Hydrothermal Vents

"Probably one of the biggest biological discoveries ever made on earth..."

TO DO:  Complete a 20-word "gist" about hydrothermal vents. 

on Friday!

Do not quiver, do not shake
Because this BHT you take!
If you worked hard and studied, too
The good-grade fairy will reward you!


Journals Through History
Ancient Egypt:  Constructing Civilization

Fun to Explore


Monday:  Complete Cyberhunt and turn in!
Tuesday:  PYRAMID, pages 5-13.  Complete cross-section of a tomb, labeling the Funerary Complex template, and Word Search
Wednesday:  PYRAMID, pages 14-27, Part 1. List 15 tools used by the pyramid builders. draw each one and explain its function. Which tools are still used today?
Thursday:  PYRAMID, pages 14-27, Part 2 Complete the Scrambled Tools worksheet, write a step-by-step explanation of how "True North" was located, and illustrate each step.
Friday:  Complete all activities for pages 5-27.


Monday: Completed Haiku and created the most illustrious bulletin board EVER.
Tuesday: Used this time to do Social Studies (see above).  Humongous movie this afternoon!
Wednesday: Reflections and Goals for the second marking period. Then we'll all be STARS!  (Direction-following: 4 folds and 1 cut = perfect 5-pointed star.  
Thursday: Create an art project display for bulletin board to include our GOALS' STARS!)
Friday: Finish up totally awesome goals bulletin board display.  Let's share our goals for the second trimester.


Common Core State Standard:  6.NS.C.6b

Monday:  Ordered Pair Relationships.  Share & Show, pgs. 185-186.  Homework, pgs. 187-188.
Tuesday:  Distance on the Coordinate Plane.  Share & Show, pgs. 191-192. Homework, pgs. 189-190.
Wednesday:  Problem-Solving--The Coordinate Plane.  Share & Show, pgs. 197-198. Homework, pgs. 199-200.
Thursday:  Practice Test
Friday: Test, Chapter 3




Choose your independent book if you haven’t already.  Fill out your contract. Have your book and contract with you wherever you go!

Because of Winn Dixie.

Tuesday:  Read Chapters 1 & 2 (and answer questions)
Wednesday: Use Three Elements of Characterization to describe Winn Dixie. Read Chapters 3 & 4 (and answer questions)
Thursday:  Find the list of ten things describing Opal's mother from yesterday's reading.  Match them with the "Basic Elements of Characterization" using the worksheet I provide. We'll share what we come up with.
Friday:  Go through the same process with the list of things about Winn Dixie you created yesterday. (You can include items from the Scrapbook activity below.)

Just a little extra!

For Later. . .

. . .And now, for your listening pleasure:

Celtic Christmas

and Relaxing Instrumentals

OK, ONE more cool thing. . .

1.  By Andrew Fazekas, for National Geographic PUBLISHED Mon Nov 30 15:19:00 EST 2015. "This Week's Night Sky: Geminid Meteor Shower Starts to Sprinkle." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 30 Nov. 2015. Web. 07 Dec. 2015. .
2.  By Andrew Fazekas, for National Geographic PUBLISHED Sat Dec 05 07:00:00 EST 2015. "Watch a Comet Fly By the Moon and Venus."National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 5 Dec. 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2015. . 
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