Monday - The main focus of the lesson was Tides. First we reviewed, updated our moon phase of the day, then I showed a Promethean slide show I made on the subject and embedded a short tide video clip from streamline. We read the left hand side information, looked at the textbook information about tides, and I had students draw a diagram of the moon pulling at the tides on the right hand side. One class was done early so we played vocabulary BINGO.
Tuesday - The main focus of the lesson was Shadows. I had students tell me what they already knew about shadows. Then students took turns being the sun and my shadow as I verbally went through how shadows change as the position of the sun changes in the sky. I showed a Promethean Planet download about shadows. We went outside to see if we could spot our shadow (no luck...cloudy all week...but it did get students outside :) We watched a streamline video about shadows and direction (approx. 15 minutes long). I did not do a left or right hand assignment for shadows. I think my brain might be ready for the holiday break because I could think of NOTHING students could do on the right hand side. Although, had it been a sunny day they could have sketched a partners shadow in their book with the time noted.
Wednesday - I was at all day Promethean Board training so I had a substitute. I had the substitute play a Magic School Bus video called "Out of this World" (they also have another one titled "Lost in Space") and then I had her get the students started on their SOLAR SYSTEM acrostic (rough draft). This is going to be their last page in their astronomy unit so I wanted them to rough draft it out first on recycled paper (I had the sub put them in clock partners).
Thursday - We had our science fair on Tuesday and I did not have time to get all the science fair projects presented last Friday so I put aside this day to present. All classes were at different stages of presentation so it either took the entire class period or about half. Those who were done early continued on their rough draft of the solar system acrostic. If they were done I would approve and they could do the final version in their notebook.
Friday - Guidance Activity during each of my three science classes so there was no science class.