• Welcome! Happy Summer

    A list of review assignments are encouraged to be completed to keep minds sharp of complex science concepts we covered this year during the summer months. I have included helpful websites with science activities and a collection of books with science topics as well for students who are intersted.

    These assignments, list of books, and list of websites can be found under this interactive article about why we have seasons! (also a review!)

    I hope you have a wondeful, safe, healthy, and happy summer!  

    The Start of Summer Explained

    Summer solstice 2020 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 5:43 PM on Saturday, June 20th. This time marks the moment that the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5° latitude North. What is so significant about 23.5 degrees?
    Well, first we have to back up to the reason we have seasons at all.REASONS for the SEASONS
    June 20th
    The Earth is titled on its axis by 23.5°. The Earth makes a complete revolution around the sun every 365 days, but the tilt’s orientation does not change during the year. At different times during the year, the northern or southern hemisphere is closer to the sun. During that time, the hemisphere tipped toward the sun experiences summer. The Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun in June. The sun’s rays hit the Northern Hemisphere more directly than at any other time of the year. More direct light means more heat, giving us our hot, summer days.
    Northwestern Hemisphere Summer
    June 20th marks the longest day, and likewise shortest night, of the year. The farther north you are, the more sunlight you’ll see during the solstice. If you live near the Arctic Circle, the sun never really sets during the solstice. Across the continental US, most spots will see between 14 and 16 hours of daylight.
    Map of Hours of Daylight

These resources are provided to help you review some important science concepts.

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Book List

  • The Sassafras Science Adventures

    by Johnny Congo Year Published: 2012

    The Sassafras Science Adventures series chronicles the adventures of Blaine & Tracey Sassafras as they spend the summer learning all about science. The twins were supposed to spend the summer at Camp Zip-fire, but when they failed to pass their science class, their father made them go spend their vacation with their crazy Uncle Cecil instead. Uncle Cecil was a well-known research scientist, but the Sassafras twins only knew him as the eccentric uncle who could never keep their names straight. Blaine and Tracey thought they were in for the worst summer of their lives, but President Lincoln and Uncle Cecil had other plans in store... In this volume the twins (and you) will learn all about the amazing animals that can be found around the globe. Don’t miss a minute of their summer-long zip line journey with crazy Uncle Cecil!

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  • One Day in the Woods

    by Jean Craighead George Year Published: 1995 Facts of Life

    An intrepid explorer, young Rebecca ventures into the forest in search of an ovenbird, a warbler reputed to be the wizard of the woods. Readers follow Rebecca’s progress through the day discovering the secrets of the spring foliage and learning much about the temperate forest and its inhabitants.’ —BL.

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  • Handbook of Nature Study

    by Anna Botsford Comstock Year Published: 1986 handbook of nature study

    From the Back Cover

    'A matchless handbook for decades, this classic has been the natural history bible of countless teachers and others who seek information about their natural environment. Written originally for those elementary school teachers who knew little of common plants and animals, and even less about earth beneath their feel and the skies overhead, this book is for the most part as valid and helpful to day as it was when first written in 1911.
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