BTN – Space rock

This BTN was about meteors, comets, and asteroids, and particularly about one that hit Russia in 2013.

The first thing I learnt was that comets are made out of ice and dust and are usually on the outer part of the solar system. Since they are made of ice they melt when they get close to the sun. A second thing I learnt was that when meteors hit the ground they are called meteorites. I never actually thought about how they are different words. I guess I assumed meteor was slang for meteorite. A meteorite in space is a meteor a meteorite is one that has hit the ground. The last thing I learnt was that the force was 20 times bigger than an atomic bomb. This got me thinking about how dangerous things in space can be.

Two questions I had were if there were any other asteroids like that that effected the world like they effected Russia. My second question was, if the asteroid killed anyone. They talked about it injuring people but not killing anyone.

Finally my understanding was that even if an asteroid doesn’t hit you exactly, the shock-wave could kill you.

Our solar system.

This video was about our solar system, it gives lots of very interesting facts that I did not know. Here is what I learnt from it:

Mars is home to the biggest mountain in all of our solar system. It is called Olympus Mons and is 26 km tall meaning that it is more than 3 times as tall.

The second fact I learnt was that Jupiter experiences very bad storms something very interesting it said as well after this is that it has a storm called the great red spot  that is three times as large as earth, I found this very interesting.

Finally I learnt that Venus will never cool down due to it’s green house gases.

2 questions I had were what kind of storms do Jupiter have? Do they had bad thunder storms or meteor showers? The other question I had was how many earth’s could fit into the sun? I’d like to know this to give me a better understanding of how big it is.

An understanding I had was how big Jupiter is. I got this understanding by the fact about it’s storm the giant red spot.


The connector role descriptions

The connector has the job of connecting to parts of the book that your group read. Connecting to a story can help you understand it better, if you relate what is happening to yourself. The connections need to be real and very different from each other. Two connections are required, but only one is allowed to be a text to self. Once you have done your connections you share them with your group and talk about them. Then together you come up with a connection together.

Space video reflection

There were three civilisations in ancient times that really effected our knowledge of space and astronomy today. They were the: Ancient Greeks,  the Babylon and the Maya.

The Babylons had a system of number from which they created calendars. From this fact I understood that calendars are a big part in everything we do today and they can help us to predict and record patterns and learn more things about space.

The second thing I learnt was that the Maya also made a calendar that was focused on the base of twenty. I found this very interesting because we use the base of ten today, and it is very interesting to see other ancient cultures using different types of numbering. Their calendar helped them predict the motions of the planets.

Finally Ancient Greece was the home to many very intelligent astronomers that discovered many things like the Ptolemaic system that continues to give us even more information on space and astronomy.

Finally, a question I had was if there are any more very important civilisations that influenced some of our greatest discoveries.

100 WC Term 4 #1

The material felt like smooth wood in my shaking hand as I gently held the wand. I twisted it around my sweaty fingers. I felt as if so much power lay in my hands.

“Now we need to test if it works.” Said Peter quietly. “Give it a little flick and whisper the words ‘blue light’.”

I did as he told me and a light shone from the tip of the wand as a light blue. The light quickly vanished creating a strange silence in the room.

“You’ll get used to spells.” Peter whispered. “It just might take some time.”

My goal for this 100 word challenge was to set a clear picture in the readers head of what was happening.

Cosmic Discovery Goals – Term 4 unit goals

Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives –  I’d like to learn more about a discovery or invention and how it effected our progress in space exploration.

Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the Sun) – I’d like to learn more about all of the planets in our solar system, how they orbit around the sun, and what would happen if we didn’t have them.

Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to record, represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data – I’d like to get better at using things like tables and graphs to organise data and to be able to quickly recognise and identify patterns by looking at them.