Interactive Lessons for Internet Use

Marcella Dawson :E-mail;Subject: Space Science; Topic: Mars; July, 1996

Similarities Between Earth and Mars

Does Mars Show Evidence of Plate Tectonics?

Mars Newsletter






Los Marcianos

The Martian Newsletter from Class 8


SCHOOL:St. Anne Catholic School

DATE:March 27, 1997

TITLE :Imagination:A Journey Through our Minds

On the date of March 27, 1997 Mrs. Dawson was absent. The class substitute was a man by the name of Mr. Barnes. The class assembled in a circel around Mr. Barnes and started class in the vicinity of 1:10 pm. The basis of the day's education was imagination. They journeyed deep into the human mind by using pantomime and mimic. Encountering these various forms of imagination enhanced the class' ability to express their thoughts and ideas. Pantomime and imagination are two of the most vital assets in science. For if their was no imagination then how would the innumerable amount of experiments and ideas be created. Imagination is the basis in which a person creates and without one, coming up with a new idea or concept could be virtually impossible. Moving into the new era scientists use their imaginations to the farthest extent possible. The class studied this by becoming different items, thinking and doing as the items would think and do. The class 8H homeroom !

did an activity in mimicry by saying their names and performing a certain action. This had to be copied by the whole class before they could go on to the next person who would do the come up with his/her own movement. It was very challenging. This tested our memorization skills as well. Throughout the class skills for everyday life were established. Some of these were:
1)Using your thoughts and ideas extensively
2)Being able to put your thoughts and words into actions
3)Using your imagination to figure out ways to communicate with others
4)Using creativity to express abstract or unreachable ideas

Communication is a large way of life. Without communication ther could be no live research on any of the planets and there could be no accord in the lives of our people. Studying this in class brought the students to a quick reality about being at a loss of speaking. Moving through life is a tough skill to learn in itself. In order to make the move fun and efficient, take it from the center of the eighth grade science class, use your IMAGINATION! Thank you. See you next time I journey into the mysteries of 8H's science class.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:March 7, 1997

TITLE :Experiments

This is Catherine McAnelly reporting from Mrs. Dawson's class on the afternoon of March 7, 1997. We covered in one class period the experiment that many different groups will use for their focus question. Earlier in the year students were told to choose a focus question they would research for a quarter or two. The students now have researched their question for several weeks now and were told by Mrs. Dawson to develope a experiment to prove their hypothesis. For example my groups question is how have the culture of some civilizations been influenced by volcanic and other geographical features. In our experiment we are going to eat the plants that have grown in our back yard and see if we can survive by just that. Once the groups have come up with a experiment they write out a lab report and it will be graded by Mrs. Dawson. This Catherine McAnelly saying good bye and to remind you that "Science Is Golden"!



DATE:February 24, 1997

TITLE :Weather Review

During today’s class we did a lot of various things. First, Mrs. Dawson handed us our work back. Then we went over some of our questions from our summary pages. We moved on to the next question once we had efficiently answered previous question. Mrs. Dawson thought that we were not thinking up to our maximum capacity, so she opened the windows and made us touch our toes several times and do jumping jacks until she told us to stop. The questions that were asked were about clouds, humidity, temperature and pressure. We discussed in great detail many aspects of pressure and acid rain. This caused us to do a lab on pressure. We drew square inches all over graph paper and got a partner. Next, we traced our knees on the graph paper and counted the square inches our knees took up. This was put into a ratio, force equals weight over area and force equals pressure. Last we did the same lab but with Josh’s whole body. This lab concluded todays class.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:February 21,1997

TITLE :Eye Witness Weather

Today Mrs. Hahahmann some of the groups gave the group report. One group consisting of Megan Cody, Sandy Lee, Katie Hodges, Desiree Ledet, Mary Porter, and Courtney Williams gave a television report about pressure. The report was divided into segments of a newscast. These segments included the the history, working, and uses of the barometer and thermometer. The effects of pressure on the human body. The effects of pressure on the weather. Detailed definition of pressure.


SCHOOL: St. Ann Catholic School

DATE: February 20, 1997

TITLE : Scientific Meteorology (Presentation)

Today, in Mrs. Dawson's 8th grade science class, 3 out of 4 groups presented their weather presentations, in which together they told about the basics of weather. As the day progressed each group discussed, in total; precipitation, temperature, pressure, and winds.

First, the precipitation group discussed the types of hail, snow, and the most common, rain. This group also discussed how temperature and weather caused precipitation and how hail, rain and snow form.

Now, THE MOST INTERESTING OF THE PRESENTATIONS WAS THE GROUP ON TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE. They discussed their topic as a T.V. news show called, "Eyewitness Weather". As individuals each discussed high and low pressure, barometers, fronts, folklore of pressure, thermometers and sysbomls used for weather maps. They also had GREAT visual aids which they used to help better explain their topic.

The finale of the day was the group on winds. This group discussed the Beaufort wind scale, how winds moved, how they are charted by the meteorologist and what their movements mean.

This day was the most creative day in Mrs. Dawson's science class, and I hope that I can experience more of them.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:February 19, 1997

TITLE :Weather Project Reports

This is Catherine McAnelly reporting from Mrs. Dawson's exciting science class. today in two class periods four lab groups displayed and discussed their weather projects. There were four different topics: Precipitation, Wind, Temperature and Pressure, and Clouds and Humidty. The members in the group were expected to be experts in the topic they had and were to inform the rest of the class on the information they had learned. They use several different ways to present their projects while the rest of the class took notes and asked questions. Most of the class did received failing grades and wrote letters to their parents explaining the reason for their low grade.

Reporting next month this is Catherine McAnelly saying to all students out there that SCIENCE WILL ALWAYS BE GOLDEN!


SCHOOL: St. Anne School

DATE:February 13, 1997

TITLE : "Jason Jubilation"

Today in Mrs. Dawson's class we worked on our Jason project. Our objective was to share everybody's ideas and determine what every- body's ideas are. We took every idea and formulated different ques- tions for each idea. Doing this will enable us to ask intelligent questions to researchers who do this line of work.

We are trying to determine what tools researchers use to inves- tigate volcanism. By sharing ideas, formulating questions and asking researchers to help us, our group will get a better understanding of the specific functions of the tools researchers use to investigate volcanism. By better understanding the functions of the tools, our group will be better able to understand what ways we can use the tools to research volcanism.

This is all very interesting and I am looking foward to learning more about "Jason Jubilation".


SCHOOL: St. Anne School

DATE: February 16, 1997

TITLE : What I can get with a 95 average...............

I am reporting live from St. Anne School on the corner of Westheimer and Shepherd near Downtown Houston. This morning, Mrs. Marcella Dawson ex- plained an Internet project to her class. This project started with a simple question which we are waiting to hear about.

To do this assignment the class was split into two groups. One consists of all of the girls in the class and the other group consists of all of the boys in the class. Once each group chose a question to work on they would then compose an outline for the research. One of my inside contacts has just told me that the boys have chosen the question concerning what tools scientists use to study volcanism. The boys had to form an online template since it is an Internet project. They spent the entire class today working on the purpose of their report. At this time, no one knows what question the girls have chosen. I will give you an update as soon as I learn what question the girls have chosen.

Mrs. Dawson also announced the students that have a 95 grade average or better. These outstanding students do not have to do their homework as a reward. These students are Megan Coody, Desiree Ledet, Ashley Mayes, Sandy Lee, CourtneY Williams and Katie Hodges. This is Will Schorp reporting live from St. Anne School. Now, back to you, Willard Scott.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:February 12, 1997

TITLE :Air Pressure

On February 12, 1997, in science class, the first avtivity of the day that we did was collect the daily data of wind, precipitation, temperature, pressure, clouds, and humidity. These were all gathered and put into the computer. We then all looked at maps displaying the current weather in humidity, wind, temperature, and precipitation. Recording this information we went back and each person made their own prediction of what the weather in Texas would be like in a certain field. Then, everyone who had the same field got together and made a group report. We then shared these reports with the rest of the class. This is a brief summary of what each group predicted:
Group Prediction
Cloud and Humidity group- That the Humidity in west Texas would go to 20% and in the southeast it would rise to 95%. The clouds over most of Texas would be stratus and cirrus.

Temperature and Pressure- A incoming cold front would cause all temperatures to go as group low as 65 degrees and this would cause the pressure to rise and get to 30+.

Precipitation group- The incoming front would also bring rain with it and there would be heavy rain all over Texas. Wind group- The wind group predicted that the winds would be caused to rise and blow from the northeast due to the changes in pressure and that the wind could get up to 15 mph.

We then checked these on the computer and found that most of our predictions had been correct. After this we began an experiment showing use how air pressure worked and the relationship of heat to pressure and how it causes it to decrease in pressure. In this lab we placed a soda can with a small amount water in it, that had been on a heater, upside down in a tud of cool water. Almost the instant it touched the water the can collapsed and filled with water. This happened because the hot molecules that were holding the can up against the air pressure cooled off, so the can with no support, collapsed. The can filled with water because the inside of the crushed can was still a low pressure area so then air pressure pushed on the surface of the water in the tub pushing it up into the low pressure area or can, filling it with water.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:February 11, 1997

TITLE :Hard Working Brains

Inside Marcella Dawson's classroom, the eighth graders from 8H were hard at work.
Right at the beginning of class they put their minds to work, reviewing for the dreaded upcoming test. As the class got deeper in discussion about air pressure, Mrs. Dawson performed a lab.
First she heated up a hot plate, while rinsing out two open Coke cans. She put a little water into each of the cans and then placed them on the hot plate, until they steamed. Next, using tongs, she picked up one can and dipped it upside down in a bin of cold water. (She had to dip it upside down so that the air inside the can could not escape easily out the opening.) The instant the can touched the water, it collapsed. The class learned that this was the result of air pressure.
The low pressure was in the can and high pressure in the cold water. The low air pressure met with the high pressure and they equalled out. (NO NO NO Mary Clare!!!!! think about it--how could the pressure be IN the water?)
After discussing the lab, the class divided up into the Jason Project groups and worked on writing their purpose for working with the Jason question they picked.
At the end of class the science tests were handed out for homework. To the question, When will we have the real test?," Mrs. Dawson gave the cryptic answer, "Whenever I feel like it."


SCHOOL: St. Anne School

DATE: February 6, 1997

TITLE : "1,2,3 Say Cheese!"

Today on February 6, 1997, I learned many new and exciting things in science class. Due to some students submitting their log incorrectly, we discussed the proper way to submit your daily log entry as the first order of business. Then we took several pictures for CD-Rom Mrs. Dawson, our teacher, was making of us, which was a lot of fun. We had to take two of each picture just in case something was wrong with the first one. We took two class pictures and several individual ones. After that we completed a quick experiement. We had to shake a thermometer outside and another that was wet for one minute and again for two minutes. The purpose was to find how much humidity was in the air. Finally we completed another short activity. The purpose was to become familiar with the layout of a wind vector (an arrow that shows direction and force) map. Today in science class, I learned numerous things about science with the help of the internet and Mrs. Dawson.


SCHOOL:St.Anne School

DATE:February 4, 1997

TITLE :It's Raining Highs and Lows

Today was extraordinarily interesting! The class learned of the characteristics of different pressure areas. The class has been recording weather maps for the last week and they now know about those H's and L's you see posted on the daily weather maps in mewspapers.They signify different areas of pressure.A somber mood fell over the class as we were told that all the information being given was pertinent to our upcoming test.

After quizzing the class on material covering winds, energy, and meteorology and dishing out a few Snickers ,which seem to keep the class on their toes, Mrs. Dawson did a lab with us that really gave the class an energy boost. The lab, called "Pressure's Up", required you to perform amazing tricks with a cup of water and an index card. We then learned that it was all air pressure and that the words "Abracadabra" did not make the results happen. It was scientifically amazing how the water would not spill out of the overturned cup with a thin index card over it.

Then to add more excitement to the learning procedure our teacher filled a bucket with water and made us swing it around to show how air pressure kept the water in. Mrs. Dawson also displayed the format for our portfolio that will contain our magnificent work in it toward the end of the quarter. As we walked out we were slapped with a lovely lab report for homework.

In conclusion, the class went over their important information and they reviewed for their big exams and as we walked out of Room 406 everyones brain was filled with METEOROLGY!


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:February 5,1997

TITLE :Weather

Today on the day of February the fifth, we did the following activities. In the begining of class Mrs. Dawson collected homework from everyone. However certain people did not have their work. These people were to not do the lab but simply sit at their tables and do the work that was not turned in. The other people who had their work had the following assingnments. One group was allowed twenty minutes to use the library computers to look up other peoles responses to certain questions published on the internet. The other groups were assingned to complete a lab pertaining to realtive humidity. We finished class by having a discusion pertaining to vectors and wind circles.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:January 31, 1997

TITLE : Pasta and Burgers in Science

Today, on January 31, 1997, Class 8H reported to the science lab at 8:50 a.m. No weather observations would be taken today because the class was in the morning, so the first part of the class started out with a KWL. Everything was to be jotted down on the paper for everything done and learned this week.

During the second part of the class, the boys' and girls' groups were split up to work on the on-line project template. The two groups then read out their template, what was done of it, and the class critiqued it at the end. We were to think about why we wanted the question and the purpose of it.

Next, we went to work on the summary section of the template in our group together. Class was soon over, and it was reported that our homework would be to organize our binder for the portfolio, and to finish up the weather maps and collect the data. The class ended with an advice to eat pasta at night and hamburgers at breakfast for the big test on! February 1st.


SCHOOL:St. Anne Catholic School

DATE:January 24, 1997

TITLE : A Simple Day in Science

On Friday,January 24, 1997, the eighth grade class completed several activities. After tremendous preparation, they consructed a KWL for the week. They then turned in a weather map and data sheet for Wednesday and Thursday for Mrs. Dawson to review. The homework was to: (1) Complete the map assignments for the Jason Project, (2) Answer all conclusion questions, (3) Read "Designing an Internet Project (whole packet), (4) and select a focus question for semester research project. In conclusion, the day ended with students clarifying pending questions and concerns with Mrs. D.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

TITLE :Clouds of the Sky

On January 28, 1997 the eigth grade class at St. Anne School learned the different types of clouds. They began their class by doing the usual " Weather Watch". This lasted the first thirty minutes of class. Afterwards, we took out our cloud model sheet to draw in diagrams of the different clouds. every three centimeters of the page is a representation of one mile of the sky. Mrs. Dawson then showed them a picture of each cloud with a breif description of the clouds. They drew the cloudswhere it was located in the sky and wrote down brief notes about each type. As their second period began, they started on their Jason projects, but were soon told to quite because of the talking. For the last twenty-five minutes of the class the students sat quietly and finished whatever necessary for the next class.


On Friday last week science class 8 from St. Anne School did their weekly KWL. The KWL is a piece of paper on which the students write what they know from the week before, what they want to know from the subjects covered in the past two weeks, and what they learned this week. This is then graded by the teacher by content and what the teacher feels the student should know and what they should have learned in the week. Due to shortened classes this was all we had time to do.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:January 17, 1997

TITLE :A Friday in the Life of Mrs.Dawson's 8th Grade Science Class

On the date of January 17, 1997 one of Mrs. Dawson's 8th grade classes worked through to the very last minute of their class period. They all worked diligently on their KWLs, which are pieces of paper discussing what that student has learned that week, what they want to learn in future weeks and what they already know. The KWLs were turned in about 20 minutes until the end of class. After the last paper had been turned in the class discussed their positions on the KGS web site. During the previous class each lab group on the classroom constructed a document for KGS discussing thier topic and questions they had pertaining the project etc.

Today Mrs. Dawson reviewed the papers and called out whose paper had been turned in and whose paper had not been turned in. For the last 5-10 minutes of class groups discussed their work on thier KGS projects. This concludes my story on a Friday with Mrs. Dawson's 8th grade science class.


Today in Mrs. Dawson's Science class, we covered several subjects. The first goal that we achieved was setting up each of the four groups' weather stations. During the discussion of what measurement to record for relative humidity, Mrs. Dawson quizzed us about the difference between relative humidity and humidity.

We then looked at maps on the computer and discussed several topics related to relative humidity in other areas besides Texas. Another objective was completed when we finished a lab exercise and then e-mailed a school in Miami who had recorded the lowest humidity to tell them about our predictions and ask whether they agreed that we were correct or not.

We will be in contact again next month.


This following list will tell anyone about the physical surroundings of St. Anne School. One of the major physical surroundings around St. Anne's is flat land. The whole school area is laying on flat terrain. Some more physical terrain features around our school are very rare. There is an ocean close to our school, but that is out of a 5 mile radius of our school. There are no mountains even near our school, or even hill country. So as you have heard, there are not very many physical terrain features around us.

Now I am going to explain what kind of wheather we recieve around our school. If rain fall hit's our school, it most likely means that most of the Houston area is recieving the rain fall also. The average rain fall for us can vary anywhere from 1-5 days of consecutive rain, or 1-20 days without one drop of rain. Snow or anykind kind of freezing wheather can be vary rare, although we did have ice all around Houston about a week ago. We mostly get about one to two days of freezing wheather every year. Our average of storm's such as tornadoes and hurricanes are also very slim to none. The last time in this area, that we recieved a hirricane or tornado was about 4 years ago. So as you camn see what physical surroundings we have, and what kind of wheather we have.


SCHOOL: St. Anne School

DATE: December 12, 1996

TITLE : " The Spectacular Sight of the Tool Kit "

Today, on December 12th, it was reported that Mrs. Hahmann's 8th grade class finalized and submitted their Mars Tool Kit onto the internet. After a quick check on the tools, and their prices, that was when the real debate would begin for the tools on-line. The typist entered the school, teacher, number of students, instruments, quantity of tool, prices of the tool, and the reason for the tool onto the Live From Mars. The next event that took place was the name for the class to be known as on the internet. After a period of time, the group decided on the name, the " Lolligoggers."

The final Mars tool kit instruments, quantity, and prices were: Thermometer 1 4.95, pen & paper 1 pen 20 sheets 0.00, topographic & vegetational map 1 16.00, formula 1 0.00, calculator 1 6.95, magnifying glass 1 1.95, identification sheet 1 20.00, tape measure 1 7.50, pocket flashlight with batteries 1 5.35, tongs 1 2.50, seismograph web site and avg. rainfall 1 0.00 camera with film 1 camera 36 film 15.85, planisphere 1 10.00, stop watch 1 7.99, high tech telescope 1 35.00, protractor with weight 1 10.00, barometer 1 10.00, compass with anemometer 1 10.00, biome description 1 5.00-10.00, vaseline kit 1 .25, and the water analysis (salinity) 1 12.95. At the end, no special comments were added and then the typist had submitted the list of the tool kit. The science class ended at 2:40 p.m. with a great result on the tool kit. Now this has been a special edition of the Mars Tool Kit follow-up and have a nice day.

This is Sandy Lee reporting from the ambitious 8th grade science class for Fox 26 News. The next follow - up of the tool kit will be arriving soon to the Fox 26 station!


SCHOOL:St.Anne School

DATE:December 10,1996

TITLE :Education,Life,and Arrogance in the Learning Place

On Tuesday December 10, 1996, the eight grade science class participated in several interesting activities. With never so ending eagerness, they started the afternoon by reflecting on their typed responses to an E-mail sent to them by a teacher in New Jersey. It stated that the Internet Reports on the existence of plate tectonics on Mars, which they prepared for many months, was false and gave no substantial evidence. Majority wise, the class had to be placed on the right track by rewriting their arrogant and "hubris" letters and changed to to understanding and hospitable words- this was to be completed for homework.

In other news, the Mars Tool KIt was completed, ending a four week debate. The quantity and prices are neede along with a chart of the items. With the upcomming mid term in science, an outline of Mars and Earth was to be made by Thursday. To conclude the day, the class was sent home with an abundance of work while prearing for future assignments.



Today at St. Anne School the eighth grade science class continued their work on the Earth tool box project. They debated on the certain things they should put in their tool box. Sometimes the discussions became so heated that there had to be a time out called. The class almost went out of control debating over whether or not to bring the air particle testing kit.(An air particle testing kit is vaseline put on slides which are left out for an ammont of time and then observed under a micro scope.)

The group leaders could not agree on whether or not to take an air particle test. There were three votes taken and they all came out as two votes vs. two votes. Finally the majority rules vote was put into effect, and the test was omitted from their box.

Here is a list of what is being taken in thei tool box.

a thermometer
a compass
a petri dish with three sections pen and paper topographic and vegetational maps
the ratio formula
a solar calculator
paper towels a magnifying glass
identification sheets
a scalpel
a tape measure
a flashlight with batteries
and tongs.

In addition to this the class also had to price these items and make sure that all together they cost less than $200. With these items they are to be able to identify where an area is on Earth, using the information they could get using those instruments.


St. Anne School

December 3, 1996

Title: Summary for December 2, 1996

Summary: On December 2, 1996, in science class, the first thing we did in class was to observe data Mrs. Dawson had collected from a place on Earth, using the Tool Kit the class had made up.
Information on Location Gathered with Tool Kit 12/2/96, 6:00 AM

• temperature- 42 degrees
• B.P.- 30.3
• pH water- 7.0
• pH soil- 6.0 (soil also had glacier deposits)
• pictures- hills, small lakes, heavy trees (deciduous), (head of the Mississippi River close by waters)
• humidity- 57%
• air particles- 30/square inch
• wind speed- 27 mph/ NW
• rain- none


When every group failed to locate the place the class collaborated in groups and then in a class to try and pinpoint the problems we had with the lack of information the Tool Kit collected to help us locate a point on Earth.

Problems with Tool Kit

• Didn’t find out population of area
• Didn’t find out animal life
• Didn’t find out elevation
• Didn’t find out which environment the place was- which biome.
• Didn’t find out longitude and latitude
• Didn’t find out temperature ranges
• Didn’t find out average weekly rainfall
• Didn’t find out plant life
• Didn’t find out which continent the place was on
• Didn’t find out the population density
• Didn’t find out cloud cover in area
• Didn’t find out stellar cartography of area
• We didn’t have world data to compare the test conclusions with

We then all thought of ways to fix the problems with the Tool Kit by adding tools or other helpful objects that would help us determine the location of a place.

Things Added to Tool Kit and Improvements to Tool Kit

• detailed topographic and political maps- help locate features and elevation
• info. on general areas- help find history, tourist attractions, fauna (animals), flora (plants), and landmarks.
• air particles- add description about what they looked like and the size of them.
• Radio Shack microscope
• binoculars- look at wildlife and vegetation
• camera- find manmade structures and observe surrounding environment
• reference books- atlas, fauna reference, and flora reference
• daily newspaper- Specifically weather page
• world map
• info. on migration of birds
• windsock
• planisphere- to help locate stars
• sextant- homemade, using a compass and string
• toilet paper telescope
• watch


The Debating Continues

- On December 5, 1996, The eigth grade of St. Anne School continued to debate on instruments for their Tool Box. They began their class with information about a location, if they thought that more information was needed to find a specific location then they had to make a list of other instruments. With the instruments they would find out more information about the location. They debated on the instruments (nearest web site for percipitaion and sismic activity, camera, film, protractor with weight, barometer, plantosphere, watch, telescope, anamometer, particle kit, water analysis) to decide if it would go into the final Tool Box.

Soon after, the students were given a lab called "Rocket Science 101". A string was put up across the room and a straw was strung on it. A balloon was applied to the straw after it was blown up and then released to allow it to travel on the string. They soon discovered with a different amount of air in the balloon, the balloon would travel further or faster depending on the amount of air .


12/3/96,we had an important lab.The lab was called How Far to the Star? The lab taught us on parallax effects.A parallax effect is the apparent movement of an object when viewed against a stationary background from two different pionts.To do the lab, you need someone to hold a pencil arms length 2.1m from the board which has the scale.You look at the pencil at a certain distance which gets further for each trial.Each time you look with a different eye.The number closet you observed to the pencil, is the number you write done in your sheet.In the second experiment you use a manila folder with four holes 15cm. apart.You have someone hold a pencil 1.8m away from the scale on the board.You have someone hold the folder for you.You look thourgh the first hole and then the second.Then the first hole and the third.Then the first hole and finally the fourth.You write your observations for each pair.Our homework was to answer the questions for the lab and write a Lab Report.


St. Anne School

December 8, 1996


NoveMber 24

The day of this summary was December 6, 1996. This day was not like a usual day. The class of Mrs. Boitel did not do anything like a lab or just write notes from a lecture. That day we took our every Friday K.W.L. test. We use the K.W.L.'s for our portfolio which is due Wednesday.

The day began with us, Mrs. Boitel's 8th Grade, coming in and taking out our homework. First she had picked up our questions from Activity 1.1.A, then she picked up the lab reports for Activity 1.1.A. For the rest of the first period we took our K.W.L. exam. After we were finished I had picked up all of the exams.

For the second part of science class we had graded the Activity 1.1.A questions. After checking the questions we called out the grades and turned the checked papers in to Mrs. Dawson. Afterwards we discussed parallax. Mrs. Dawson had asked Patrick Callahan to give a procedure find the parallax of an object and yourself. He tried to explain. While explaining Michella and I had recognized he had all backwards or something was wrong with his explanation. Mrs. Dawson was not receiving any other information from anyone in the class, so she decided to give the whole class an assignment. The assignment was to give a procedure to find the parallax of an object and yourself. The rest of the assignment was to have our portfolios done by Wednesday. The other assignment was to write an internet critique of an internet discussion.


On November 12 we were instructed to make instructions for a scale madel of the Solar System. We were to make one in 20 minutes. The class did the formula all of the planets. We got 100m of the string and put the planet on the string. We used the formula to put them in the correct. Once we had finished, the girls had finished before the boys so we used thir line. Each group was assigned to a particular planet to stand next to. The electromagnetic signal[Mark Fiore] was sent to each planet with a message. He had to walk heel to toe to each planet. The message said to walk heel to toe to Earth to receive candy from Mrs. Dawson. this candy was suppossed to be put in our portfolio as a reward. this iis all we did on November 12th.


SCHOOL:St.Anne School

DATE:November 21

TITLE :A Debate In The World of Science

On November 21 a debate was held in Mrs. Dawson's eigth grade Hahmann class. This debate was held for the collaboration of ideas to form a perfect list of tools for our Pathfinding project. The class read out their lists, explaining their points of view and their reasoning for picking each object. Making this list encouraged the class to work together in a constructive manner as well as a controlled environment. Only leaders were allowed to talk which by the class members was hard. Each of them wanted to talk but only the leader had the right to. This activity was found fun but challenging. The class' list was on its way to being finished. To conclude this class report, this activity was greatly enjoyed by many of the students and I feel debating in a class environment opens our minds to other people's ideas as well as their insights.


SCHOOL:St. Anne Catholic School

DATE:November 14, 1996

TITLE :What we did today in class.

Just as class had started Mrs. Dawson had taken up all of the previous homework from the night before and the homework that us late from two nights ago. ***NOTE***(the lab questions from the previous labs, and for some people the chart that some had not turned in when they were supposed to) (Because I did not know that it was to be in chart form because I did not read correctly I unfortunately was one of those people)
Today in class we talked a little about what we have learned about Mars from the previous Knows, the Want to knows, and the Learns. After we have discussed all that we know about Mars, Mrs. Dawson then asked us to take out sheets of paper and begin our tests (KWL). On the KWL we have to write what we know, what we want to know, and what we have learned about the sections that Mrs. Dawson has just taught us. Mrs. Dawson then told us to take out a sheet of paper, fold it like we were supposed to and start out test (KWL)
The only reason we take these tests (KWL) is so that Mrs. Dawson can have an opportunity to look at and see what we have known all along, what we want to know, and what we have learned from her teachings.And also so that she will be able to become a better teacher for us since now she knows what our interests are and what we are interested in as a class.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School


TITLE :Live From Mars Summary

In our last science class we discussed many topics and questions that resulted from our study of Mars. These questions were submitted to our science teacher and she reviewed them to make sure that they were relevant. First, each group of three students discussed their lab procedures and then each group presented their summary to the whole class. In this lab we must put together a kit that would identify your location anywhere in the world. We only have $200 to use so we had to limit our list to abide by our budget. Also these instruments must fit in a normal size shoe box. At the end of our class we discussed a new lab coming up and began to review it. At that same time we were also assigned our homework. This is what occurred in our last science class.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:November 8, 1996

TITLE :Daily Log

We have learned many things about Mars. What I have learned abou Mars is that Mars allows no liquids on it because it is much to cold. I have also learned that Mars is called the Red Planet becuase of its color. The ancient Greeks once thought that Mars was a great big ball of fire and on day it will fall on them. Mars has two moons and has signs of plate techtonics. Some signs of plate techtonics are mountains,valleys,and volcnoes. To this moment there are no signs of life on Mars.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:Class date: November 8, 1996 Todays Date: November 10, 1996

TITLE :Summarization of class

We got back our graded summary about Mars exploration 96. This was summarized off an internet site called Later we graded an activity3 worksheet that we had to list the Earth, and Mars comparasons for the land area, sea surface area, equaltorial diameter, distance from the sun, days in a year, axis tilt, average prticapation, surface tempatures, atmoshphere gases, highest evalation, lowest elavation, mountain ranges, lakes and rivers, longest canyons, ice caps, largest volcanoes, and largest impact crators.
Near the end of our class period, we filled out a chart with three titles: What we know, what we want to know, and what we have learned about Mars. We were to write all the facts that came to our minds about Mars since the last weekly chart we made. This was for a test grade and it was a very important weekly assigment.


SCHOOL:St.Anne School

DATE:November 8,1996

TITLE :All In a Days Work

On Tuesday,November 3,1996, 8H attended science class with Mrs.Dawson.

During their class period the class completed a lab called Time Traveler.In this lab the class broke into groups and used the formula-distance=velocity x time-to develop an understanding of the concept of a unit known as the "light year." To do this the class walked heel to toe as far as they could in one minute.Then, using a measuring tape a meter and a half long,measured the distance walked.

After completing this lab the class took notes on a videotape.The film talked about finding out more about Mars and questions people have such as "Why are we worried about Mars?" It gave information about the shuttle that is to take off in December of this year.Also it gave information about how NASA intended to go about their search for life on Mars.

Next the class used the packets previously handed out in class. The class got into groups again and read over a page that had jobs and what each job required. The separate groups came up with jobs that were required for the jobs on the page in the packet. The groups put their list into outline format.

The class concluded with the assignment to write two summaries of the pages assigned to read out of the packet. Also to finish the outline started during class and answer the questions to the lab Time Traveler.


SCHOOL:St. Anne School

DATE:November 3, 1996

TITLE :"Summary of the Day"

This is Matthew Perez reporting from Mrs. Dawson's Science Laboratory at St. Anne Catholic School in Houston, Texas.

The first thing done in Mrs. Dawson's class was to review portfolios done by each student in her class. Each portfolio contains work done and to be done in the second quarter. So far the work has been phenomenal.

Next, the class worked in a (Earth) Mars tool kit. This tool kit will contain different instruments which the class has suggested will help explore Earth. The class will vote to find out which instruments will be used. The following is a list of instruments from which the class will choose.


  1. temperature thermometer
  2. rubber bands
  3. direction compass map
  4. preserving solution
  5. angle protractor
  6. bottles
  7. distance, height, tape measure
  8. brush
  9. elevation
  10. weight scale
  11. goggles
  12. sound tape recorder
  13. ground movement seismograph
  14. scalpel
  15. mini clipboard
  16. air pressure barometer
  17. wind speed anemometer
  18. oxygen test
  19. water test kit
  20. litmus paper
  21. candle holder
  22. ph PAPER
  23. air particles Vaseline slides magnifying glass flashlights
  24. topographic map
  25. labels
  26. water
  27. thongs
  28. camera
  29. plastic bag
  30. secchi dish
  31. shovel
  32. pen and paper
  33. cover
  34. microscope
  35. ph paper
  36. hygrometer
  37. ratio formula
  38. weather vein
  39. Richter scale
  40. reference book
  41. magnet
  42. graduated
  43. cylinder scissors
  44. tape recorder
  45. pipette
  46. calculator
  47. burner
  48. batteries
  49. lipstick
  50. regular water
  51. O J gloves
  52. petri dish
  53. slides
  54. "pvc pipe"
  55. tape
  56. test tube
  57. dropper bottle

    SCHOOL: St. Anne School
    DATE: October 30, 1996
    TITLE: Summary
    ARTICLE: Today, on October 30, 1996, our class covered several things on Mars. The first thing that was done was, Mrs. Dawson walked around the classroom and checked to see if we had our portfolio set up for the Mars project. Next we reviewed the project we are currently working on over the Mars Tool Kit. We re-listed tools from new groups that we chose and came up with this Master List of Instructions for the Mars Tool Kit.

    	 	Telescope					Water
    	 	Food						Soil Samples	
    	 	Thermometer				 	Particle Count Kit
    	 	Barometer				 	Stick to measure shadows
    	 	Scale					 	Corer
    	 	Camera					Nutrient Sampler Kit
    	 	First Aid Kit				 	Wind sock
    	 	GPS Locator				 	Scientific Calculator
    	 	Long Range Radio			 	Binoculars
    	 	Measuring Cups				 Microscope
    	 	Petri					 	Compass
    	 	Film					 	Anemometer
    	 	Humidity Gauge				Slides-Micro
    	 	Maps-Topographic			 	Shovel
    	 	PH-paper				 	Vaseline
    	 	Magnifying Glass			 	Pick Axe
    	 	Rock Hammer				Litmus Paper
    	 	Night Vision Goggles			Bowie knife
    	 	Tape Measurer			 	Video Camera
    	 	Clothes				 	Oxygen
    	 	Remote Control			 	Scalpel?
    	 	Beurel pipets?			 	Multi-Strike Matches
    	 	Pen & Paper				 	Sample Baggies
    	 	Batteries 				 	Frisbee

    After we finished listing what we thought as a group should be taken, each individual group picked what they thought would be nesscesary for the Tool Kit. Later each individual group discussed what their objective was on the mission to Mars. Mrs. Dawson put groups on the internet to look at the Pathfinder and Global Surveyor information and help them discover their objective.

    SCHOOL:St.Anne School
    TITLE :"Just Another Day in Mrs.D's Science Class"
    Today,October 29, 1996, we learned many new interesting things about Astronomy. Class began when we had to turn in two projects assigned Thursday. The projects were about a newly discovered tenth planet in our solar system and an animal that lived on it. After we turned in our projects we started a lab on how angular diameters can be used to measure. The diameter of something like for example the moon. First we had to tape a paper plate to the wall at eye level. Then we had to measure 4 meters from the paper plate. We had to stick a meter stick inside a flash card and cut off of a notch at the top of the flash card. You then had to slide the metric ruler through the flash card until the paper plate fit in the notch. After the lab we took notes on Astronomy and notes on how to create our portfolio. During this class, I learned many new things about Astronomy By working on new and exciting labs and jotting down important notes.

    DATE:October 28,1996
    TITLE Measuring the Diameter of Mars
    ARTICLE:Today we learned how to measure objects that are far away without traveling to them. We did this by using simple, but sophisticated techniques. First, we took note cards and made notches at the top and slits in the middle for our yardsticks to fit. Then, we took paper plates and taped them to the wall, making sure that they were four meters from our standing point. Next, we slid the note card along the yardstick and looked through the notch at the top until it appeared as if it was inside the notch. We looked at the spot on the yardstick where we had stopped and recorded our observations in centimeters. Then, we completed four more trials and averaged all the results of our group together. This average was supposed to be the diameter of the plate, but this was not the case in all of the groups.
    We talked about our many homework assignments that we had to do tonight and our long-term project, our Mars Portfolio, is due one week before Christmas. With the collaboration of our group members, we began our list on Mars consisting of what we know, what we want to know, and what we have learned.

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