Thursday, 25 May 2017

Timely Conundrums

"I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets."
 John Glenn

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Chalk Talk
What do we know about Day and Night?

The girls started hesitantly. But the magic of chalk talk is compelling and so it grew and grew...

 Interesting information about jet lag from a student.

Well, the sun does set...but you have to wait for months to see that.

The students have began their research on various aspects of space: Lunar phases, Seasons, celestial bodies and space exploration.

They all seem to have nearly the same sizes in this project!
Rather than collecting facts about planets, we tried to sort them out according to their characteristics.

Why are some planets smaller than others?
Closer to the sun?
Spin faster than others?
Why do some planet have bright colours?
Why are the rings of Uranus so different from Saturn?
Why doesn't Jupiter have rings?

These questions prompted the students to set homework for themselves; it was fun learning about the planets the next day!

The moon phases, and the concepts of the equinox and solstice are still proving to be challenging.
Here's why...

How can we recognise a waning from a waxing moon?
What does the moon look at at various stages at the equator?
Does everyone experience the eclipse of the moon at the same time?

Did any of these questions make you think and want to find out the answer?

Assessment data begs for repeat lessons! Click on the images for a better view.

We used Goformative for this.

Our vocabulary wall is slowly growing...

Evolution of space technology:

Maths - Transdisciplinary learning
We made personal connections with time zones as we talked about our travel experiences.
Here was one problem that stumped my students for a while...

A plane left airport A at 8:30 pm on Tuesday and landed at airport B at 9:00 pm (local time) on the same day.

If airport B is 19 hours behind airport A, how long did the trip take?

This problem took the whole of our Maths lesson and I really enjoyed watching everyone working together trying to solve the problem.

Take a look.

Time can vary according to your relativity according to Neil deGrasse. Watch his video here.

Sunset in Tokyo today 18:50
in Toronto( Canada) : 20:51
In Winnipeg ( also in Canada) 21:27
In Kolkata(India) : 18:16
In new Delhi (also in India) 19:14

What do you make of this? What does long daylight hours imply? Are the sun's rays falling directly on the equator in Canada or on the tropic of Cancer if the sun sets at 21:27 pm?

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