In science news, the 6th grade has just completed IB Criterion A (Knowing and Understanding) in regards to Space Systems, by creating an 11 paragraph mural on Our Solar System. The murals are quite complex, comparing relative sizes of the main objects in our solar system, as well as their massive distances from each other. Group members were also asked to write paragraphs about each of the 11 main objects, choosing their most in depth as their IB focus paragraph. These paragraphs not only explain facts about the planets, but have specific details and in depth scientific explanations and judgements. For example, why does Uranus have rings and why does it orbit so slowly around the Sun? The last part of this Space Systems unit, focuses on a second IB Criterion D (Reflecting on the Impacts of Science). During this project the students will be asked to choose a related space topic/issue of their choice, then:
Summarize the ways science is applied to solve this problem
What are the implications of this application
Use scientific language, clearly and precisely
Document sources correctly
In addition, the 6th grade class is taking a visit to the Worthy Observatory in Bend to get a private sky viewing by Grant Tandy, Observatory Manager. This will be a great way to end this awesome Space Systems IB unit.