From: dlgsam@LanMinds.Com (Sandra A.M. & David G.)
Subject: Whew! Made it!
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 22:55:24 +0100
We sent in our Weatherworlds submission about 45 minutes after school ended today, and I felt very relieved after that. It was quite a lot of work getting it all coordinated for the past two weeks. Our plan was jointly created by students from eight different 7th grade science classes. Each class was assigned a different instrument, and about four students from each class worked on the plan. Early on, I had tried to involve entire classes in the preparation, but eventually settled on having a few students in each class work on the plan while I taught the rest of the class. I still haven't made good use of our one internet connection during class time. I get to use it every other day or so, but it hasn't really clicked yet, and the last time I had it the computer crashed every five minutes. I'm excited about an invention which I co-created with one of my students. It's a thermometer which measures the minimum temperature at night by virtue of a lamp which casts a shadow of the thermometer dial onto a piece of light sensitive paper. I am in the middle of a unit I call "Cycles in Nature," in which planned to focus on elemental and ecological cycles on Earth, and some celestial cycles. When Weatherworlds "appeared" I figured that I could fit that in well, because many weather phenomena are cyclical, but I had to scramble, because I've never taught about weather before. I'm actually really pleased with the connections which are developing: the CO2 and O2 cycle between plants and animals ties in so well with the atmosphere and weather on Earth and Mars, and just yesterday I was lucky to see and record a NASA segment on the Lunar/Mars life support system experiment. I'm happy to have a little breather before phase 2 of Weatherworlds begins. After next week, I'll be scheduled to start my astronomy/physics unit and then I can spend more time teaching about Mars. David Glaser Willard M.S. Berkeley, CA