Friday, 5/24/19- A Day

Lesson Question:

How are the laws of motion and forces used to plan and execute space missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover?

Learning Tasks:

  1. Do Now– Get out your science notebook and add to the Table of Contents- Life on Mars p.74 (Left Side). Head page 74 properly with “Life on Mars-Notes from Video-5/24/19.
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  3. Observations from Mars Rovers– Set up ISN p.74 with the following two questions: A. What did you observe about the falling and landing of the robot rovers? B. What did each robotic rover tell us about Mars? Make a T-chart to compare the two groups of rovers: Spirit and Opportunity and Curiosity. Watch the video The Curious Life of a Mars Rover, and record your observations about the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and the Curiosity rover on ISN p.74, using the questions above as a guide.
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Thursday, 4/23/19- B Day- NGSS Test- Block Schedule Period 8 (test), 4, 6, & 2

Lesson Question:

How are the laws of motion and forces used to plan and execute space missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover?

Learning Tasks:

  1. Do Now– Get out your science notebook and add to the Table of Contents- “DQST p.70″ (Left Side), “DQST p.71” (Right Side), “DQST p.72” (Left Side), and “DQST p.73” (Right Side).
  2. Identify Related Phenomena/Write-Pair-Share– Where else does this happen? Think of other times when you experienced falling and landing objects. WRITE a brief description of times you can think of when you observed falling objects on ISN p.68. Try to come up with ones that make you wonder why/how it happened. PAIR with your table partner to share your related phenomena and be prepared to SHARE an example or two with the class for the Class Record of Related Phenomena.
  3. Develop Questions/Driving Question Board– What do we need to figure out to explain all of this? Brainstorm “What We Wonder” questions about falling & landing objects and make a list of those questions on ISN p.68. For each of your observations on ISN p.69, think about a question that you can investigate to help you better understand it. Choose the most compelling or interesting question from ISN p.68 and write it big and bold on a notecard using a marker. Write your initials and period number in pencil on the front corner of the card. Bring your card to the scientists’ circle. Read your question and post it on the Driving Question Board (DQB). Explain how it is related to another question on the board.
  4. Driving Question Summary Table (DQST)– Set up the DQST on ISN pages 70-73 for the driving question: How are the laws of motion and forces used to plan and execute space missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover?

Wednesday, 5/22/19- A Day- NGSS Test- Block Schedule Periods 3 (test), 1, 5, & 7

Lesson Question:

How are the laws of motion and forces used to plan and execute space missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover?

Learning Tasks:

  1. Do Now– Get out your science notebook and add to the Table of Contents- “DQST p.70″ (Left Side), “DQST p.71” (Right Side), “DQST p.72” (Left Side), and “DQST p.73” (Right Side).
  2. Identify Related Phenomena/Write-Pair-Share– Where else does this happen? Think of other times when you experienced falling and landing objects. WRITE a brief description of times you can think of when you observed falling objects on ISN p.68. Try to come up with ones that make you wonder why/how it happened. PAIR with your table partner to share your related phenomena and be prepared to SHARE an example or two with the class for the Class Record of Related Phenomena.
  3. Develop Questions/Driving Question Board– What do we need to figure out to explain all of this? Brainstorm “What We Wonder” questions about falling & landing objects and make a list of those questions on ISN p.68. For each of your observations on ISN p.69, think about a question that you can investigate to help you better understand it. Choose the most compelling or interesting question from ISN p.68 and write it big and bold on a notecard using a marker. Write your initials and period number in pencil on the front corner of the card. Bring your card to the scientists’ circle. Read your question and post it on the Driving Question Board (DQB). Explain how it is related to another question on the board.
  4. Driving Question Summary Table (DQST)– Set up the DQST on ISN pages 70-73 for the driving question: How are the laws of motion and forces used to plan and execute space missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover?

Tuesday, 5/21/19- B Day

Lesson Question:

How are the laws of motion and forces used to plan and execute space missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover?

Learning Tasks:

  1. Do Now– Get out your science notebook and add to the Table of Contents- “Related Phenomena & Questions p.68 (Left Side). Head page 68 properly with “Mars Rover-Related Phenomena & Questions-5/21/19.”
  2. Attempt to Make Sense/Initial Explanation/Model– Let’s attempt to make sense of what we noticed when the Mars Curiosity Rover landed. How can you explain what you saw? On a piece of blank copy paper, draw a diagrammatic model of what you think is happening when the rover fell and landed. What kind of motion and forces exist in the phenomenon? It’s not just a drawing of a rover landing; it needs to explain what happens when objects fall and land. Label the parts of the model and use words to explain what’s happening. In groups of 2 or 3, compare your models. Use the “Communicating in Scientific Ways” sentence starters on ISN p.14 to share your ideas & ask questions about other models. Focus on the “Observe” (#2) and “Ask Why and How?” (#1) questions. Your teacher will take some photos to look at together in Google Slides so next time we can see if our explanations agree and in what areas we disagree. From that discussion, we will build a Class Consensus Initial Model.

Friday, 5/17/19- B Day- SBAC Testing Periods 6 & 7 (Math PT)- Regular Schedule Periods 3, 4, 5, 1, & 2

Learning Tasks:

  1. Do Now– Get out your science notebook and add to the NEW Table of Contents- “Cover Page p.67” (Right Side) and “Mars Rover Anchor Phenomenon p.69 (Right Side). Head page 69 properly with “Mars Rover-Anchor Phenomenon-Observations-5/17/19.”
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  3. Notebook Work– Add Unit Title to Table of Contents- FORCES. Trim and tape Table of Contents to as a flip page to the inside front cover.
  4. Exploring Anchoring Phenomenon/Write-Pair-Share– Watch the following videos of the Curiosity rover’s touchdown on the surface of Mars- one of the most complicated & challenging spacecraft landings attempted by NASA: 7 Minutes of Terror: The Challenges of Getting to Mars- NASA and Mars Rover’s 7 Minutes of Terror- National GeographicWhat do we notice? As you watch, WRITE your observations/what you noticed on ISN p.69. PAIR with your table partner to share your observations with each other and search for things your observations had that were alike and things that were different. SHARE with the full class. A member from each partner will share an observation from his/her discussion. These Initial Observations will be recorded as a class and you should record them on ISN p.69. Also, record on ISN p.69- What kinds of questions must scientists & engineers answer when designing a Mars robotic rover?