ScienceLesson Plans - Science

Term 2 - 2018

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Space ScienceSpace

This term we will learn about astronomy as we explore Space Science!
We will:

  • Build a solar system the size of a field to help us understand how huge space is!
  • Create our own solar and lunar eclipses
  • Build a Sun Dial
  • Try to discover if the universe is growing
  • Learn how gravity actually bends the fabric of space-time
  • Measure how high you could jump on other planets
  • Smash "meteorites" into the “moon”
  • Learn about atmospheres by experimenting with Dry Ice & Fire!

 

List of Lessons

  1. Super Size Space - *Big Sizes, Big Numbers, Big Universe*
  2. Marvelous Moon - *Moon Phases, Eclipses, Tides, & Seasons*
  3. In the Beginning. . . - *The Big Bang?*
  4. Grow a Universe? - *Doppler Effect*
  5. Falling Forever in Circles - *Orbits*
  6. The Cow Jumped Over the Moon? - *Gravity*
  7. Look Out! - *Asteroids, Shooting Stars, Comets, Meteors, & Meteorites*
  8. Just Breathe - *Atmospheres*

 

Mix of Hands-on Labs and engaging Theory Lessons

Pencil = Theory

beaker = Lab


 

1) BREAK

BabyWeek #1 (Apr 16 to 20)

Enjoy a break as we get ready for the next term of Science!
Term 2 Classes will start May 9 to 11

 

Mr. Dash is expecting a new baby girl this week!

2) BREAK

BabyWeek #2 (Apr 23 to 27)

Enjoy a break as we get ready for the next term of Science!
Term 2 Classes will start May 9 to 11

Mr. Dash now has a new baby girl!

3) BREAK

Week #3 (Apr 30 to May 4)

Class starts next week!

Here is a checklist to help you get ready for your first day of class

  • $ Ensure your invoice is paid (email us immediately if you did not receive one)
  • Pencil Get required Materials
  • Beaker Check the lessons every week to see what to bring Lessons
  • Apps Install all required Apps on your device
  • Clock Check what time your class starts - Schedule
  • Facebook Join the Dash of Science FaceBook Group (also turn on Notifications)
  • Excited Get Excited!

Pencil4) Super Size Space - *Big Sizes, Big Numbers, Big Universe*

Week #4 (May 7 to 11) 1st Class

Solar System

Mini Experiment

  • Model Solar System

Lesson Concepts

  • Scientific Notation
    (Standard Form)
  • Astronomical Units
  • Light Years
  • Scale

What to Bring

Go Further

Summary

We are going to build a solar system the size of a field to help us understand how HUGE space is!
To do this we have to learn about how to write and work with BIG numbers: you will learn to use scientific notation (standard form).
We will also learn some other tricks scientist use to measure giant things.

 

Download the Lab

What to do Junior Senior

Download the Excel File
Make sure you can open it

PDF
PDF

 

 

beaker5) Marvelous Moon - *Moon Phases, Eclipses, Tides, & Seasons*

Week #5 (May 14 to 18) 2nd Class

Moon

Experiment

Mini Moon

Concepts

  • Moon Phases
  • Eclipses (Solar vs Lunar)
  • Tides
  • Seasons
  • Shadows
  • Sundials

What to Bring

  • Normal Materials
  • The "Earth": a globe or ball (soccer, basketball, beachball, etc)
  • The "Moon" a smaller ball (tennis, ping-pong, etc)
  • Lab print-out

Summary

Do you think you understand the planet you live on? 
It is time to test your knowledge as an Earthling; could you explain to aliens:

  • What causes the phases of the moon?
  • How tides work?
  • Solar and Lunar eclipses?
  • How long a year is and why?
  • What causes the seasons?

To help you we are going to do an experiment, we’re going to bring the Earth, Moon, and Sun right into our classroom.

Print the Lab

What to do Junior Senior
Print the PDF on paper
Everyone should print the PDF
PDF
PDF

 

Pencil6) In the Beginning. . . - *The Big Bang?*

Week #6 (May 21 to 15) 3rd Class

Bang

Mini Experiment

Build a Sundial

Lesson Concepts

  • Big Bang?
  • Expansion
  • Doppler Effect
  • Color Shift
  • Pulsars
  • Binary stars
  • Super nova
  • Quasars
  • Antimatter
  • Gnomon

What to Bring

  • Normal Materials
  • Phone or tablet (Apple or Android) to record sound data
  • Special Sound App (See below for links)

Summary

How did the universe begin?  Cosmology is the study of the origins and evolution of the universe.  We will look at this topic in a class environment that allows safe and comfortable discussion from any student’s viewpoint.  We will talk about what we currently know, what we don’t know, what conclusions we can draw, what assumptions we can and can’t make.  We can then talk about the strengths and weaknesses of various theories including the big bang theory. 
Most of us have heard of the Big Bang theory, but what do we actually know about it?  We will look at why we think it may have happened (what clues do we have).  We will also look at some weaknesses in the theory, and what it doesn’t explain. 
We will also talk about a few of the super amazing and strange things in space like: black holes, dark matter, dark energy, antimatter, pulsars, quasars, super nova, and more!

Get the App

Android Apple
Sound Pro
Sound Analyser Pro
Audioworks
AudioWorks

 

beaker7) Grow a Universe? - *Doppler Effect*

Week #7 (May 28 to Jun 1) 4th Class

Bang

Experiment

Doppler Effect

Concepts

  • Doppler Effect
  • Color Shift
  • Tones
  • Frequency
  • Speed of sound
  • Speed of light

What to Bring

  • Normal Materials
  • Phone or tablet (Apple or Android) to record sound data
  • Special Sound App (See below for links)
  • OPTIONAL: A push bike or scooter (and helmet)
  • Lab print-out

Summary

In this experiment we will see if we can discover if the universe is growing or shrinking! 
We will study the Doppler effect which allows us to measure if things are moving toward or away from us.

Doppler (By en:TxAlien - en:Image:Velocity0 70c.jpg)

 

 

Get the App

Android Apple
Sound Pro
Sound Analyser Pro
Audioworks
AudioWorks

 

Pencil8) Falling Forever in Circles - *Orbits*

Week #8 (Jun 4 to 8) 5th Class

Orbits

Demo

  • The Fabric of Space-Time

Lesson Concepts

  • Gravity
  • Orbits
  • Escape velocity
  • Black Holes
  • Dark Matter
  • Colonization
  • Space Travel
  • Living in Space

What to Bring

Summary

We will find out a LOT more about gravity.  We’ll look at how famous scientists like Newton and Einstein thought gravity worked.  We’ll also look at some new ground-break discoveries we’re making about gravity right now!

GravityRocket

 

beaker9) The Cow Jumped Over the Moon? - *Gravity*

Week #9 (Jun 11 to 15) 6th Class

Jump

Experiment

Planet High Jump

Concepts

  • Gravity
  • Escape velocity
  • Mass vs weight

What to Bring

Summary

We’re going on a trip to each planet in our solar system!  We’re going to see how much you weigh and how high you can jump on each planet and the moon!  Get ready to fly!
We’ll then might use the data we collect to create a graph.

Go Further

Pencil10) Look Out! - *Asteroids, Shooting Stars, Comets, Meteors, & Meteorites*

Week #10 (Jun 18 to 22) 7th Class

Comet

Mini Experiment

  • Flour Craters

Lesson Concepts

  • Asteroids
  • Comets
  • Meteors & Meteorites
  • Ejecta
  • Shooting Stars
  • Friction
  • Vaporization
  • Atmospheres

What to Bring

Go Further

Summary

There is a lot of stuff flying through space, and sometimes it crashes into our planet!  It’s time to find out what all those things are, and what exactly happens when it hits our planet or moon.
You will get the chance to throw some of your own “meteors” into the “moon” and see how big a crater you can make!

Meteor

 

beaker11) Just Breathe - *Atmospheres*

Week #11 (Jun 25 to 29) 8th Class

Sky

Experiment

Ice, Fire, & Air

Concepts

  • Atmosphere composition
  • Gases
  • Pressure
  • Phases
  • States of matter
  • Temperature

What to Bring

Summary

Our atmosphere is extremely important, it keeps us alive and breathing, but what is it made of? 
What happens to the gasses in our atmosphere when they are taken to extreme temperature or pressure?
Now is your chance to experiment with dry ice (carbon dioxide) and fire!

 

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