3, 2, 1…Take off!

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Over the past week you have been working with Mr Fallon to learn more about space science. You have had the opportunity to learn why the moon has different phases and how that affects the tides. Your task this week is to research one of the planets in our solar system. Find out how long the planet takes to orbit the sun (year length); how long the planet takes to rotate on it’s axis (day length); it’s gravity compared to earth (related to the size of the planet); the environmental and climatic conditions on that planet and how far it is from earth.

Using this information, create a postcard to send back to earth. Make sure you include a creative commons image and links to any resources used.

Alternatively, you could write a postcard from the International Space Station, the Hubble Telescope or a satellite, describing it’s structure and function. Again, make sure you include a CC image and links to any resources used. This work is due on Monday 21st October.

If you finish early there are some other cool spacey things you can do –

  • Galaxy Zoo is a citizen science project, where you can help to identify galaxies from photographs. To understand how galaxies formed, scientists need your help to classify them according to their shapes. If you’re quick, you may even be the first person to see the galaxies you’re asked to classify!
  • Paul Floyd’s Astronomy and Space Site has a list of October 2013 Sky and Space events that you might like to look for from your home tonight. He also writes a student newsletter “Amazing Space” that includes finder charts for locating mercury, Venus and Saturn without the need for a telescope, Moon phase information for October to December and finder charts for locating the Southern Cross and Scorpius (the ancient Greek constellation – the Scorpion).
  • ABC Splash have some great videos and other resources that you may be interested in.

Year 7: The Solar System


Learning Intention: To understand how technology has contributed to our knowledge of our solar system and beyond and to be able to describe the characteristics of planets and other objects in space.

Success Criteria: You will be able to list and describe our sun and it’s terrestrial planets and gas giants, as well as asteroids, comets, meteorites and other space objects. You will be able to list and describe some of the inventions and equipment that has enabled us to probe space and gather and send back data.

We are starting a new unit of work, looking at our Solar System, which consists of our nearest star (the Sun) and the eight planets that orbit it. Your first task is to list as many different space-related objects from the picture above, that you know the names of. Then go to this scavenger hunt and download the questions. You will find the answers at the Solar Systems and Planets page at the Science.spot KidZone. You may also find some answers at The Nine Planets; “Our Solar System” and “Amazing Space
When you have finished these directed questions, you are asked to produce a digital product that answers one of the following open-ended questions:

1. How has technology contributed to human understanding of how the earth formed and our planet in relation to the solar system? Make sure you describe some of the inventions that have helped us to discover more about the planets.
2. What do you think would be required to make it possible for humans to survive on other planets? Make sure you describe the environmental conditions on at least two different planets.

Your work can be presented as a slideshow, video, e-poster or magazine article. Please leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog where you have embedded your Slideshow using Slideshare.

Jade’s blog post
Jasmine’s blog post
Elektra’s blog post
Sophie’s project
Jobe’s blog post
Tobie’s blog post
Sam’s blog post
Messiah’s blog post
Tayla’s blog post
Chris G.’s blog post
Emalee’s blog post
Helen’s blog post
Alex’s blog post