STEM/Technology

Sept. 25, 2018

posted Sep 24, 2018, 2:22 PM by James Falletti

How did the planets get their names?

MYTHOLOGY (my·thol·o·gy)

məˈTHäləjē/

noun

noun: mythology; plural noun: mythologies

  1. a collection of myths, especially one belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition.


All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury were given their names thousands of years ago. The other planets were not discovered until much later, after telescopes were invented. The tradition of naming the planets after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses was carried on for the other planets discovered as well.

  • Mercury was named after the Roman god of travel.

  • Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

  • Mars was the Roman god of War.

  • Jupiter was the king of the Roman gods

  • Saturn was the Roman god of agriculture.

  • Uranus (Ouranus) was named after an ancient Greek king of the gods.

  • Neptune was the Roman god of the Sea.

  • Pluto, which is now classified as a dwarf planet, was the Roman god of the underworld.

  • The name Earth is an English/German name which simply means the ground.


Homework: Cut out the images that I provided you on the handout and paste them in your notebook. Match the Gods and Goddess with their planets. Don't forget to LABEL the Images with the name of the Planet/God or Goddess.

Sept. 18, 2018

posted Sep 18, 2018, 1:48 PM by James Falletti   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 1:51 PM ]

The 4th Grade classes will be Exploring the Solar System this year in the Makerspace. Today, students were introduced to their first lesson asking: What is a Planet?

Vocabulary/Terms

  • Asteroid

  • Comet

  • Dwarf Planet

  • Inertia

  • Kuiper Belt

  • Mass

  • Oort Cloud

  • Orbit

  • Planet

  • Plutoid

List of Planets in our Solar System

  • Mercury

  • Venus

  • Earth

  • Mars

  • Jupiter

  • Saturn

  • Uranus

  • Neptune

What is a Planet?

Everyone knows that Earth, Mars and Jupiter are planets. At least, they are for now. Both Pluto and Ceres were once considered planets until new discoveries triggered scientific debate about how to best describe them—a vigorous debate that continues to this day. The most recent definition of a planet was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 2006. It says a planet must do three things:

  1. It must orbit a star (in our cosmic neighborhood, the Sun).

  2. It must be big enough to have enough gravity to force it into a spherical shape.

  3. It must be big enough that its gravity cleared away any other objects of a similar size near its orbit around the Sun.


Homework: Color and Cut out the Solar System Image that I printed for you, then paste it in your STEM Notebook.

April 24, 2018: Feet to Inches

posted Apr 23, 2018, 12:17 PM by James Falletti   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 12:19 PM ]

Today we continued to fly our paper airplanes and collect data for our little STEM Experiment of how weight and balance affect airplane flight. As we were measuring the distance in Feet (') and Inches ("), we now need to convert all our measurements into just inches. How do we do that?


Well.... Let's say you had measured the distance of your plane as 11 feet exactly (11').

  • Remember that 1 foot is equal to 12 inches

  • So simply multiply 11 Feet by 12 to get your answer

  • 11 x 12 = 132 inches or 132"

Let's try this one... you had measured the distance of your plane as 15 feet 4 inches (15' 4").

  • Remember that 1 foot is equal to 12 inches

  • Multiply 15 Feet by 12 to get your answer

  • 15 x 12 = 180 inches or 180"

  • ....but we're not done yet. We still have 4 inches left from our measurement

  • So, take the 180" + 4" = 184 inches or 184"

Let's try one more... you had measured the distance of your plane as 33 feet 5.5 inches (33' 5.5").

  • Remember that 1 foot is equal to 12 inches

  • Multiply 33 Feet by 12 to get your answer

  • 33 x 12 = 396 inches or 396"

  • ....but we're not done yet. We still have 5.5 inches left from our measurement

  • So, take the 396" + 5.5" = 401.5 inches or 401.5"


Now it's you turn (Homework)

  1. Complete the 12 Times Table in your STEM Notebook up to 12 x 44 (you may go further, but not less). Make sure it's neat and organized. Remember that if I cannot read it, I will not accept it. Due May 1, 2018.

    1. Example: 12 x 44 = 528 etc...

  2. Finish converting your measurements that you had written in your STEM Notebook from Feet (') and Inches (") to just Inches ("). This will be turned in for a quiz grade. Due May 1, 2018.


If you do not have five (5) measurements written in your STEM Notebook, make up a distance between 30 and 44 feet


January 16, 2018

posted Jan 16, 2018, 12:40 PM by James Falletti

Today we continued our lesson with Spheros. While last week we manually controlled our devices, today we used the draw option. 

December 12, 2017

posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:43 AM by James Falletti

Log in to www.prodigygame.com/play with the credentials that I gave you in class and practice. Here's how you're going to get graded each week.

  • Play Four (4) to Seven (7) Days with 10 Battles to get an "O"

  • Play Three (3) days minimum with 10 Battles to get an "S"

  • Anything less than three (3) days and less than 10 Battles will result in a lower grade

  • Not logging in and practicing will result in a Zero (0)


Bonus Points for anyone who practices Five (5) Days with 10 Battles over the Christmas Break


Also - students need to bring in a one (1) subject notebook to class every week.

  • write your username and password for both your email, prodigy, and any other school program that you use.

  • use the pages as a doodle notebook where you can

    • write out the problems from prodigy as scrap paper

    • design and create ideas for the makerspace

    • brainstorm

Attached, you'll find a file with some problems with fractions with step by step instructions on how to figure out the answer. Feel free to use the following link to help you with your problems as a way to check your answers: https://www.hackmath.net/en/calculator/fraction

How to Figure out Fraction Problems


December 5, 2017

posted Dec 5, 2017, 7:33 AM by James Falletti


Log in to www.prodigygame.com/play with the credentials that I gave you in class and practice. Here's how you're going to get graded each week.

  • Play Four (4) to Seven (7) Days with 10 Battles to get an "O"

  • Play Three (3) days minimum with 10 Battles to get an "S"

  • Anything less than three (3) days and less than 10 Battles will result in a lower grade

  • Not logging in and practicing will result in a Zero (0)


Bonus Points for anyone who practices Five (5) Days with 10 Battles over the Christmas Break


Also - students need to bring in a one (1) subject notebook to class every week.

  • write your username and password for both your email, prodigy, and any other school program that you use.

  • use the pages as a doodle notebook where you can

    • write out the problems from prodigy as scrap paper

    • design and create ideas for the makerspace

    • brainstorm

November 14, 2017

posted Nov 14, 2017, 8:52 AM by James Falletti

We are going to type in MLA Format

What is MLA Format?

  • Times New Roman Font

  • 12 Font Size

  • Double Spaced

  • 1” Margins

How to type a heading in MLA Format?

  • The heading goes into the header at the top of the page.

    • Name (James Falletti)

    • Teacher Name (Mr. Falletti)

    • Class and Grade Level (STEM 4B)

    • Date (14 November 2017)

October 24, 2017

posted Oct 24, 2017, 7:50 AM by James Falletti

Today was Brain Game Day in the Makerspace!


We played with Circuit Maze (Lessons on Circuits), Gravity Maze (Lesson on Movement and Energy), Laser Maze (Lesson on Angles and How Lasers work), Rush Hour (Thinking game), Trivia, and Dice Games (for probability). It's always a great time when students can learn and have fun doing it.


October 10, 2017

posted Oct 10, 2017, 12:39 PM by James Falletti

Today we began to talk about and explore Google Drive. 

Google Drive is a personal cloud storage service from Google that lets users store and synchronize digital content across computers, laptops and mobile devices, including Android-powered tablet and smartphone devices.

Keep practicing and familiarizing yourself with Google Drive. 

October 3, 2017

posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:19 PM by James Falletti

Congratulations!

As a 4th grader, you now have access to a Corpus Christi School Email Account. Please remember the following information about your account:

  • Do not share your password with anyone, except:

    • Your parents/guardian

    • Myself

    • Your pet or a rock

  • You can only contact the following people:

    • Anyone with an @corpuschristischool.net email account

      • Students in 4th - 8th grades

      • Teachers

      • Admin

  • Sign on any device at home that you use/own, including:

    • Smartphone

    • Tablet

    • Laptop

    • Desktop

  • Your @corpuschristischool.net email account is powered by Gmail, which means you need to sign in gmail with your special CCS account.

  • Be respectful while using this privilege and remember that by using this email account, you are representing Corpus Christi School. Any abuse of this privilege will be dealt with and loss of privilege will occur.


Email

First Initial + Last Name + @corpuschristischool.net


For Example: James Falletti (that’s me)

jfalletti@corpuschristischool.net


Generic Password: corpus123

...BUT...

You already changed your password in class to something that you’ll always remember.


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