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Constellations and Forces Stories

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The path followed by the Sun is called the ecliptic, and any constellation within the ecliptic is called a “zodiac constellation”. You may be familiar with these as the symbol of your ‘star sign’ or horoscope identity. The word “zodiac” comes from Greek, meaning “circle of animals” and each of the twelve (except Libra, the scales) is represented by an animal. Year 8 Science students are required to search for an image of their zodiac sign and recreate the constellation using black paper and pin-holes. Use my Delicious links at right to start. If you have completed this task, you can search for your 2010 horoscope, and we will try to guess which prediction is true for each student in the class.

What is the difference between astrology and astronomy?

Have astrologers contributed to the science of astronomy?

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Year 6/7 students will be creating a children’s story book to teach Mrs. Lee’s prep/1 class about Forces. You will use the on-line program “StoryJumper”, which allows you to add scenes, props, text and a cover to an on-line story book. Make sure your story includes one or more of the following forces: Gravity, Bouyancy, Friction, Surface tension, Magnetic forces, Muscular Forces, Static Electricity or Lift. Here are some examples of stories I have written and illustrated to demonstrate:

“Gravity and the Baby Bird” by Britt Gow

“Platypus Forces” by Britt Gow

You will need to sign up to “StoryJumper” and activate your account using your school email address. You can access your school email account at any time by going to webmail – make sure you have this link book-marked, so you can get to your email quickly and easily.

The Carbon Cycle

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This week in Year 8 Science we will be doing some work on the Carbon Cycle – as a bridge between the studies of chemistry and biology. Make sure you understand the following terms:

Respiration (glucose and oxygen react to form carbon dioxide and water)

Photosynthesis (carbon dioxide and water react in the presence of sunlight and chlorophyl to form glucose and oxygen)

Decomposition (Living organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, break down organic matter)

Fossil Fuels (Hydrocarbons – gas, oil and coal – formed over millions of years from once-living organisms)

Combustion (Burning of biomass or fossil fuels, which produces carbon dioxide and water)

Biomass (the mass of living organisms – plants, animals, fungi, bacteria and protists)

Calcium Carbonate (chalk, which eventually forms marble, from the long-dead remains of molluscs and other shelled sea creatures)

After watching the DVD “Crude”, you are required to produce a story book using “Comic Life” , “Kerpoof” or “Storybird” with the title “My Life as a Carbon Atom”, demonstrating your understanding of the above processes. You could get some ideas here, or this YouTube video. Start with a cartoon storyboard or write a rough draft and then ask me to check for accuracy before you create your masterpiece! This piece of assessment is dueby close of business on FridayMay20th.

More information about the educational uses of Comic Life here.