Lorie Arcand Science
Melanie Cochrill Technology
Jean Dery Writing
Sandy Friedli 7th Grade Self-Contained
Jeremy Gabridge Art
Jennifer Goloweygo MTSS
Michalyn Gret Spanish
Chris Jagelewski Physical Education
Walter Kimsey Band
Emily McFarland Support Services
Christopher Lagona Social Studies
Kelly Morgan MTSS
Amber Patton Reading
Merritt Academy students have a right to learn and Merritt Academy teachers have a right to teach in a safe and orderly environment. The classroom is a community of students, parents, and teachers working together to make sure that each child acquires a quality education. The following are the classroom rules that will be followed this year:
1. Be Respectful – of yourself and of other people’s possessions and feelings
2. Be Responsible – of your behavior and all materials
3. Be Prepared – have all materials needed and complete all assignments
4. Do Your Best – in all areas of your education including behavior, work ethic, & social interactions
LATE WORK POLICY
59900 Haven Ridge Rd
New Haven, MI 48048
Friendly aliens have recently contacted NASA and have communicated that the sun in their solar system is beginning to crash . Once our scientists got over the shock of communicating with aliens, they found out why they were speaking so urgently: they want to relocate to our solar system and want to know all about our sun. NASA has determined that this is low on their priority and so has asked our class to help the aliens. It will be your mission to gather as much information about the sun and report to the aliens as soon as possible.
By completing this mission, you and your teammates will have earned the esteem of your classmates who have come before you and the admiration of those who will follow. You will be able to join the ranks of others who have also earned the right to stand proud and say that you have met the following standards:
Working in groups of 4, you will use the Internet to search at least 5 websites that give information about the sun. You will do this over the course of 3 class sessions. Each team is to have a captain (who will be responsible for time management and will oversee the organization of the material), navigator (who is responsible for searching the web), recorder (who is responsible for documenting the information once the team determines level of importance), co-pilot (who is responsible for assessing validity of the information). Roles may be switched on the different days. On the fourth day, your team will complete an analysis paper that utilizes the information that you gathered and prepare for a presentation that will happen on the fifth day. You must be prepared to answer questions that the aliens will ask! You should include images that represent your data, when appropriate.
The following is a list of questions that the aliens require answers to, though they may present you with new ones on the presentation day, so be prepared. Using the websites and their links listed below, find the answers to the questions. (Standards 4, 5 and 9)
The Rest of the Assignment:
Create a list of questions that you would like to ask the aliens. Your list should be at least 10 questions long and should include a hypotheses on why their sun no longer exists. (Standard 9) You are also assigned to create a 500 word essay in which you define the benefits and downfalls of our sun. You may use the answers to the questions to assist you in writing the essay.
Below you will find some web sites that will help you with your research. (Standard 9)
If you find resources, be sure to include them in your documentation resource list!
You can also use additional media to enhance your findings, such as the library, photographs, drawings, etc. Remember to be creative… just like your teacher, aliens like creativity. Good luck Earthlings!