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Friday, July 24, 2015

Picture, This, Activity: Sea Bunny

Wanted to share:  Perhaps, you may find this a great "Picture, This", activity!

What do you see?  If you think this looks like a cuddly bunnie, that's what this marine slug has been nicknamed. The adorable slug, of the Jorunna Parva species,is found in the Indian Ocean, to Japan and the Philippines. Discovered back in 1938, the  "sea bunnies" have only become known to the rest of the world, last year, with the release of some very cool photographs(such as this one).

Ask kids to look at the photograph:
1. Write three descriptions to describe the marine slug.
2. Write a day in your life as a "sea bunny". What do you see? What do you do? What do think about as you spend your life living on the ocean floor.
3. In Japanese, the slugs are called KAWAII(which is Japanese for "cute"). What is one word you'd use to describe the slug?

Photograph from photographs here, too.


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Horizons About to Visit Pluto!

 Perhaps, you will find this of interest to use with your students!

After 9 1/2 years, New Horizons is about to give Earthlings an amazing view of Pluto!  On Tuesday, July 14th, after 3 billion miles, the spacecraft will be within 7800 miles of the dwarf planet(which was still considered a planet back during the 2006 launch). It will take 4 1/2 hours, traveling at the speed of light, for New Horizons' snapshots to reach Earth. Mission control at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, will begin sharing photographs with the rest of us soon after. The flyby of New Horizons will last only a few hours. If you look to the lower left, scientist have nicknamed the dark region, the whale. And, to the right, is a white heart shaped region of Pluto. Illustration from

Fun Facts:

Pluto was discovered in 1930, by Clyde Tombaugh.

Pluto takes 248 1/2 years to orbit the sun!( The earth does this in one year)

It takes Pluto  6 1/2 days to turn on its axis(The Earth takes 24 hours)

For a time, between 1979 and 1999,Neptune was further away from the sun,than Pluto!

Pluto has four known moons.  Charon is the largest.

Bundle up on Pluto as the temperatures is about minus 390F.

No longer a planet, Pluto is also now known as 134340.

It takes 8 minutes for the sun’s light to reach Earth. It takes five hours to reach Pluto.

It is so dark on Pluto that stars can be seen during the day.

Disney’s dog Pluto was supposed to have been named after Pluto.

Back in 1930, an eleven year old girl, Venetia Burney, suggested the name of Pluto!

It takes about a week for the sun to rise and set on Pluto.

Percival Lowell first suggested a search for a planet beyond Neptune.

Pluto has about 1/15 the gravity of Earth. If you weigh 100 pounds on Earth, you’d weigh about 7 pounds on Pluto.

Pluto is called a dwarf planet or a plutoid.


* A MNEMONIC is a way to remember lists using the first letters of each. One used for the planets was: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.  Think of a new MNEMONIC for the 8 planets or a mnemonic for remembering something else.

*  Read why Pluto was demoted from being one of our nine planets.  What do you think, should Pluto be a planet or not? Why, why not?

* Check out my webquest on space. There are 12 informative webquestions, compehension questions and extension activities.