Most Perfect Space Name Ever: The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula

IC 1396: The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula An ionized gas region located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth; it is commonly called the Elephant’s Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths, where there is a dark patch with a bright, sinuous rim.  

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My Experiment with Thinglink

I found this cool site the other day called Thinglink which allows you to take a picture and add buttons on it. Thought I would try it out on this awesome picture I found about our universe. To find the hidden stuff, drag your mouse over the picture and you will see different dots show…

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NASA’s Mission to Jupiter with Bill Nye

I love space and I love Bill Nye (If my Grandma heard me say that she would have gotten very upset and said, “Noooo! You like space and you only like Bill Nye. You LOVE your grandma!) So, when I saw this new compilation of Bill Nye videos on NASA’s mission to Jupiter, I put…

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What Do You Mean, Pluto Isn’t A Planet?

For the last couple of days, we have been scientists questioning, observing, and analyzing. It’s been a lot of fun and the students have had a great time doing some fun experiments including testing the flight of paper airplanes. Yesterday, we continued as scientists as we studied a mysterious substance found in my backyard, called…

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Venus Transit June 5th

In a rare event, Venus will be passing in front of the Sun in what is called a transit, on June 5th. This will be an amazing event as it hasn’t happened since 2004 and will not be seen again until 2117. We’re going to try and view it live via the smartboard when it…

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More Moon Phases!

We have had lots of fun with moon phases but now it is time to show what we have learned about the moon and it’s phases. On Tuesday, we will be having a little quiz about the moon and it’s phases. I have embedded the page below that we will be using for the quiz….

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Music of the Week

It isn’t often that I get to speak about the music of the week but the music we are listening to this week is from my favorite collection. For music of the week, I usually pick a genre, composer or style of music to play throughout the week, usually at lunch time. I try to…

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The Moon’s Phases Part II

Did you know the word “Month” comes from the word Moon? So we talked more about the Moon’s phases today. We had a lot of fun moving the desks out of the week and setting up our “Sun” lamp in the middle of the room. Using some styrofoam balls and popsicle sticks, we made “Moon’s…

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The Moon and our Earth

Yesterday we were talking about the moon and how it does some pretty amazing things that even have an effect on our Earth! First of all, we learned that the Moon and Earth both spin but that the Moon spins much more slowly than the Earth. The second thing we learned was that we only…

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