Let's have the best year ever!
Middle school science will start out watching the wonders of God's creation, as we experience the partial solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21st.
Thanks to a generous parent, we have enough pairs of glasses for all middle schoolers to safely view the sun during our lunch recess.
Here is a link to a website that tells you all you need to know:
NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN...KEEP THE APPROVED GLASSES ON
WHILE LOOKING AT THE ECLIPSE!
This is a great video, which demonstrates how the reintroduction of 14 wolves into Yellowstone Park helped balance the ecosystem again.
For a 1 minute video explaining how old the universe is according to current science, watch this National Geographic clip:
Students have lots of questions about the age of the universe and the age Earth.
The Big Bang Theory is not just a TV show! It is a theory that out of nothing, the universe exponentially expanded from a pin point of dense matter and energy.
Of course, we know the beginning of this expansion--the energy which made it happen--was GOD the Creator!!!
When it is difficult,
We get stronger!
This is the theme for the science room this year! There are pictures all around our classroom of people (and even Sponge Bob) lifting weights or working out.
We discussed how muscles grow: When you push muscles beyond what is easy, the muscle cells get micro-tears in them. God gave our bodies a way to heal these tears, by sending more protein to the muscle cells. More protein=more muscle! Thus, when it is difficult, we get stronger!!!
We can apply this same logic to our brains. When we push our brains beyond what is easy, our brain pathways are strengthened. We get smarter, and better at troubleshooting! When thinking is difficult, we get smarter!!!
Learning to trouble shoot
When students come to a parent for help, rather than just giving them the answer, please try to model good troubleshooting. Here are some basic questions:
What have you already tried?
Do you have notes from class or past worksheets that would help you?
Have you read the chapter that this is covered in? May need to re-read a section or two.
Have you looked up in the index or glossary to find the exact pages that cover this topic?
Have you written down any formula or definitions that would help you to focus on this question?
Science is all about troubleshooting! Often the best kind of homework help a parent can give, is to point out what tools they already have at their disposal. Then after they have exhausted these resources, and still need help...feel free to get them started, and then walk away. This is THEIR homework...not yours. Send them a clear message that you expect them to do the hard stuff first, then you will be happy to look it over, IF they still have a question.