Monday, September 30, 2013

3rd Grade-Week 7 Our Solar System Part 2 (Last week in Earth Science Lab)

7th Lab Session Week
Vocabulary Quiz
Concept: The Solar System
Investigation: How far away are other planets?

Distance of planets and the Sun from the 

·      Quiz

·      Build Earth Science portfolios
·      Distance of planets from the Sun activity
The distance of planets from the Sun
These pictures we usually see of the solar system are to to scale. 
Here's an activity you can do at home to build a scale model of our solar system and the distance of the planets from the Sun. Click here.

4d. Students know that Earth is one of several planets that orbit the Sun and that the Moon orbits Earth.
5c. Use numerical data in describing and comparing objects, events, and measurements.

Monday, September 23, 2013

3rd Grade-Week 6 Solar and Lunar Eclipses

6th Lab Session Week
This week we will be learning about how solar and lunar eclipses happen. We will also be reviewing how the four season occur on Earth.

When is the next solar and lunar eclipse in Los Angeles? Click here

Concept: The Sun and the Moon-Eclipses
Investigation: How do solar and lunar eclipses happen?
Homework: Crossword Puzzle study guide for the Vocabulary Quiz

·      Vocabulary
1.    Eclipse
2.    Orbit
3.    Lunar Eclipse
4.    Solar Eclipse
·      Brain Pop- “How Eclipses Happen

lunar eclipse
solar eclipse
Partial solar eclipse from Venice, CA on May 20, 2012.
Partial solar eclipse from Beijing, China on July 22, 2009.
4d. Students know that Earth is one of several planets that orbit the Sun and that the Moon orbits Earth.
5d. Students will predict the outcome of a simple investigation and compare the result with the prediction.

Monday, September 16, 2013

3rd Grade-Week 5 What Causes Earth's Seasons?

5th Lab Session Week
This students will have a quiz on the Sun, Earth, Moon and Stars. 

Today's lesson will teach them why the Earth has seasons, and it's all because of how the Earth rotates!

The Earth's tilt during winter in the Northern Hemisphere

Then we will be making a Sky Wheel to help them find constellations in the night sky. 

The Sun, Earth, Moon, and Stars Quiz
Concept: Seasons
Class Reading: Read pgs 169-178.
Investigation: How does the Earth's rotation effect the Earth’s season?

·      Quiz
·      Vocabulary
1.    Axis
2.    Rotation
3.    Revolution
4.  Tilt
·      Brain Pop- “Seasons
·      Sky Wheel-cut skywheel

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"To Infinity and Beyond!"

The Voyager 1 space probe has become the first human-made object to leave the solar system! Read more about Voyager 1's 36 year trip...and it's not done yet! 

NASA Voyager 1 Mission Site

New York Times "Exiting the Solar System and Fulfilling a Dream"

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

3rd Grade-Week 4 Constellations

4th Lab Session Week
This week we learned about constellations and why we can only see certain constellations during the year.

What can you see in tonight's sky? Click here to find out!

Concept: Constellations

Class Reading: Read pgs 201-205 & 213-216.

Investigation: How were constellations created?

Homework: Study for Sun, Earth, Moon, and Stars Quiz next week.

      What are constellations? How did the constellations get their names?

•      Vocabulary

1.    Stars

2.    Myths

3.    Constellations

     Myth of Orion and Scorpius

    Brain Pop- “Constellations

Summer constellations

4a. Students know the patterns of stars stay the same, although they appear to move across the sky nightly, and different stars can be seen in different seasons.

LAUSD Parent/Student Handbook 2013-2014

Download the electronic version of the 2013-2014 LAUSD Parent-Student Handbook here.

Monday, September 9, 2013

3rd Grade-Week 3 The Earth's Moon

3rd Lab Session Week
This week we learned about the phases of the Moon and why the Moon looks different during the 4 week lunar cycle. 

Here's a link to a great website to review the lunar phases.

Here's a link of the daily moon phase.

Also this week, NASA launched LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, pronounced like "laddie") which is a robot on its way to orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. Video and pictures of the launch can be seen at
Concept: The Moon
Class Reading: Read pgs 185-199.
Investigation: What are the phases of the Moon?

·      Phases of the Moon-waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, waning crescent, new moon
·      Brain Pop- “Moon Phases
·      Phases of the moon worksheets-draw the different types of moons, label the moons
·      Phases of the Moon home guide

What kind of moon is in the sky?

The phases of the Moon
Diagram of why we see different phases of the Moon

4b. Students know the way in which the Moon’s appearance changes during the four-week lunar cycle.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Family Field Trip to the Griffith Observatory

Need something to do on the weekend with your family? Want to learn about Astronomy at the same time? Take a trip to the Griffith Observatory. It's free to explore the exhibits! There is a small fee to see the shows.

Click on the link below for more information.
Los Angeles, CA ‎  
(213) 473-0800

For directions, click here.

The Griffith Observatory

Richard and Lois Gunther Depths of Space room

The famous Zeiss telescope at the Griffith Observatory

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BSM School Events Schedule 2013-2014

 Brentwood Science Magnet
The school calendar can also be found online at  

August 13: First Day of Instruction
August 15: FBSME Meeting (7:00 pm)
August 27: English Learner Program Options Informational Meeting (8:30 am)
August 30: No School (Admissions Day)

September 2: No School (Labor Day)
September 3: SSC & ELAC Parent Orientation & Elections
September 3: Banked Tuesdays start (1:44 dismissal)
September 5: No School (Unassigned Day)
September 9: SSC Meeting
September 10: Back to School Night
September 12: FBSME Meeting (7:00 pm)

October 1: ELAC Meeting
October 10: Family Science & Math Night
October 14: Picture Day
October 17: GATE Night
October 31: Halloween Parade

November 5: ELAC Meeting
November 7: FBSME Meeting (7:00 pm)
November 8: End of 1st Reporting Period
November 8-15: 1st Reporting Period Parent Conference Week
November 11: No School (Veterans Day)
November 14: Make Up Picture Day
November 18: SSC Meeting
November 25-29: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

December 3: ELAC Meeting
December 5: FBSME Meeting
December 9: SSC Meeting
December 20: Winter Orchestra Concert
December 23-January 10: No School (Winter Break)

January 16: FBSME Meeting
January 20: No School (MLK Holiday)

February 4: ELAC Meeting
February 10: SSC Meeting
February 17: No School (Presidents Day)
February 28: End of 2nd Reporting Period

March 3-7 Dr. Seuss Week
March 4: ELAC Meeting
March 5: 2nd Reporting Period Parent Conference Day
March 6: FBSME Meeting
March 10: SSC Meeting
March 18: Open House
March 31: No School (Unassigned Day)

April 1: ELAC Meeting
April 3: FBSME Meeting
April 6: Community Fair
April 7: SSC Meeting
April 14-18: No School (Spring Break)

May 6: ELAC Meeting
May 8: GATE Night
May 12: SSC Meeting
May 23: Spring Orchestra Concert
May 26: No School (Memorial Day)

June 5: Last Day of Instruction

Updated 11/4/2013