We're taking a break from our state projects today to answer a few really interesting questions about planets and the solar system.
- How do planets form?
- What are some different kinds of stars? What makes stars different from each other?
- What is an "exoplanet" and how do scientists find them?
- What characteristics make a planet or moon a likely place to find life? What are examples of places with those characteristics?
- What is a star's life cycle?
- Why are the inner planets rocky and the outer planets gaseous?
- How big is space? Give lots of examples and analogies.
- Why is a manned mission to Mars so hard?
- Pick a space mission: What did or are we learning from it?
Use the following resources to answer your question:
- iPad Apps:
- NASA app
- Science Hub
- Solar Walk
Create your Wall (only one team member)
- Go to padlet.com
- Click Build a Wall
- Click Modify Wall
- For the Title, write the question your group is answering. For address, write your question without spaces
- Click on the Wall to add Text, Images, Links, and Videos
For your state project, the first thing we're going to do is research. We need to find out:
- 3 places to visit
- Famous people from the state
- Major industries of the state
Here are some resources for learning about your state:
History of the 50 States
State Websites: Type in your state's abbreviation and .gov into the address bar to go to that state's page. Examples: ny.gov
On these pages, look for "tourism" or "visit"
US Census Bureau Quick Facts
Statistics like population, demographics, economy, business
Travel site with things to do and see all over.
To view ALL the brochures from 2012, click here (CTK login required).
- Start creating your brochure in Pages. Go to the Template Chooser and use the "Classic" template.
- Fill in all the required text. All writing must be in complete paragraphs.
- Adjust text size, text box size, colors, and fonts to create a unique and readable brochure. Be sure that your choice of fonts and colors are not difficult or distracting for readers!
- Export your brochure as a "Best" quality PDF when complete to allow easy sharing.
- Before you start, know that the steps below must be completed in one sitting! You cannot edit the map created in this way.
- In Google Maps, Get Directions from your starting point to the next place you will visit.
- Click Add Destination and enter the next location.
- Repeat step 2 until you are at your endpoint.
- Make sure you are signed in to your ctkschool.org account and click Save To My Maps.
If you are creating a paper poster board:
- Make browser as large as you can on the screen.
- Zoom in to each state and take a screenshot by using Command-Shift-4
- Print out your screenshots, rather than the map itself (otherwise it will print all the directions!).
If you are creating a digital poster board:
- Click the link button:
- Copy the link
- Add it to your digital poster board
Poster Boards: Analog or Digital
Keep the following in mind if you're creating a regular old poster board:
- Don't print your maps straight from the maps page. Instead, take screenshots, then use the method below to print the right size.
- Before printing any images, drop those images into Word or Google Docs and adjust the printout size in that document.
- For your budget, be sure to delete any extra columns or rows you don't need. Also, check "fit to one page" and when you print.
We can make "digital poster boards" using several ways tools:
- Prezis are zooming presentations set on a single canvas (instead of multiple slides). They look cool but can be difficult to work with.
- Padlets are like a corkboard for the web. You can link images, videos, and even whole websites (like your budget or map) and arrange them however you like.
Today we're going to start a short project outlining and then presenting information about the body's systems.
- Circulatory System
- Arteries and Veins
- Respiratory System
- Nose/Mouth, Sinus', Larynx
- Trachea, Bronchi, Bronchioles, Diaphragm
- Alveoli (air sacs)
- Digestive System
- Mouth and Esophagus
- Urinary System
Use your science textbook for information about the body systems.
Having written sequels to James and the Giant Peach, we're going to turn them into cartoons using Toontastic.
Today, we're going to go over what makes a password secure, and then go through the process of changing our own passwords.
First, read this comic about password strength. It's kind of mathy, but you'll get the idea.
Read this one as well, about password reuse.
There are three big ways that people can get your password. The comics above cover two:
- Guess it using a lot of computer power. This is called a brute force attack.
- Steal it from an existing database or by tricking you into signing up for something. The first is called hacking, the second is called phishing.
The third is the MOST INSIDIOUS OF ALL!
3. You give it away to someone because you trust them.
This is one of the most common ways that people's passwords get passed around and cause harm! Always keep your password secure from friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, BFFs, classmates, and students!