September Science Internet Activity

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1. Everyone is worried about energy costs these days.
Check out the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Energy Savers web site to answer the following questions.
http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/

a. Landscaping can make a big difference in energy costs. Where should we plant trees
to save on the air conditioning costs of a building?

 

b. Look at the pie chart on the Home Energy Use page.
Which energy use consumes the most power in a home?

 

Which uses the least?

 

Name an action you could take to reduce energy use in your home.

 

Calculation Power: Your home has electric heat. The January electric bill was $500.00.
Your mom installs an energy saving thermostat that lowers the house temperature when everyone is asleep.
How much money do you expect your family will save using the new thermostat?

 

TAI (Think about it) How can you reduce energy use in your home and at school?

 

2. In 2005, David Berry won an award for his innovations.
How did his childhood play prepare him to be an inventor?

 

 

3. What does the word "innovations" mean? Online Dictionary (This is a long word to type with lots of chances to make a mistake.
Try highlighting just the word
innovations with your cursor. Go Edit... Copy. Click on the dictionary link.
Click in the search box and go Edit.. Paste. The word
innovations should appear. Click OK.)

 

Give an example of a recent innovation in your life.

 

4. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to visit in the fall.
Name: a mammal, a bird, a tree, and a reptile you might see during a visit.

 

 

 

5. Stop at Look Rock to see for 100 miles on a clear day. What is air pollution doing to the view?

 

 

6. In the fall, the yew bushes are often covered with red berries. Why is this a problem?

 

 

Based on this information, would you plant them at an elementary school? Explain your decision.

 

7. In September, Monarch butterflies are on the move. Why?

 

Based on this phenomena, what could happen if a hurricaine impacted the central USA, in mid to late Spetember?

 

8. What is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick?

 

When should you do this at school?

 

9. Have you ever been blamed for something that was not your fault?
Goldenrod often gets blamed, for the fall allergy suffering, caused bythe Ragweed plant's pollen.
Not Guilty @ rtpi.org (Roger Tory Peterson Institute)
List two ways to tell the difference between the two plants.

 

 

 

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10. September 27 is National Public Lands Day.

What is a public land?

Where are the closest public lands to your school or home located?

 

What percentage of your county has been designated as public lands?

 

 

11. One important science skill is observation. Read the poem "September" by Helen Hunt Jackson.
It describes many natural observations about the month.
Does it describe what September is like where you live?

Why or why not? Explain.

 

 

12. In September 2011, the European Southern Observatory announced finding a new planet. It is called HD 85512 b.

Read or listen to the article. Give the newly found planet an appropriate name.

 

 

Done already? Excellent!

Mrs. O's Milkweed & Monarch Butterfly Mania web site lots to see, to do and to learn

Explore Windows to the Universe - Why do the seasons change in some parts of the earth and not others?

Pathfinder Science - "hands-on, minds-on" activities ( student scientists not just science students)
Measuring the impact of ozone using Common Milkweed
Explore the night sky with NASA Harness this exercise to improve your memory skills.
Alternative Energy and Conservation - pbl Learn about pendulums at Zoom's site
Moving Out Hunt - animal migration Pumpkin facts, pumpkin lore, pumpkin science, pumpkin math
If Trees Could Talk Electronic Naturalist free, series on animals, plants, environment
Online Science Games - Try some September Civics activities
Emergence - do things organize without an organizer? Observation Science Skill Builders: Nest | Bush | Larvae | Sky | Stick

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