Archive for October, 2012


Friday, October 26th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is quickly approaching!! Do you think that the lunar cycle (moon cycle) is related to the tides in the ocean?

Post a comment and tell us what you think!

Miss Tomarchio

Three Phases

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

This week we learned about three new phases of the moon: the first quarter, the waxing crescent, and the full moon.  We also watched a video all about stars.

Some questions you can discuss with your child are as follows:

* Which phase of the moon is the first quarter/waxing gibbous/full moon?

* What does the first quarter/waxing gibbous/full moon look like?

* What is something you learned this week about stars from the video you watched?

Encourage your child to share new information about anything he or she is learning in science to reinforce some of the topics we are learning about.

Thanks and have a great three-day weekend!

Miss Tomarchio

Oreo Moon Phases!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

I found this activity online and thought it would be great to share with parents.  This can be done at home to reinforce the phases of the moon.

In this activity, you and your child will learn about the Moon phases using Oreo cookies!

What you need:
8 Oreo cookies
Paper towels
Plastic knife, spoon, or fork

What to do:
Twist open the Oreo cookies and leave the cream on one side of the cookie
Create the moon phase using the spoon, knife, or fork in the cream of the Oreo
Place the Oreos in order of their moon phases
Discuss the different moon phases with your child and have him or her name the different phases.

Parent prompts:
* What are the different phase names?
* Can you place the phases in order?
* What phase is the moon tonight?
* How does the moon’s appearance change?
* Which phase will the moon be in next?


Miss Tomarchio

Science Fun!

Friday, October 19th, 2012

This week in science we learned more about the sun and the moon!
A few discussion questions you can talk to your son or daughter about are:

* Why do we have seasons?

* What are the first two phases of the moon and what do they look like?

Encourage your child to teach you about these ideas to reinforce their learning.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Miss Tomarchio

Lunar Phases

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Here is a great website to see what the different phases of the moon look like when the moon is revolving around the Earth!



Miss Tomarchio

New Moon

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

A New Moon is coming!!!!!! Watch for your moon journal log in your home folders on Monday! What do you think a New Moon looks like?
Mrs. Plebani

Sun and Earth

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This week during science we discussed the rotation and revolution of the earth and sun shadows!

Please have a discussion with your child about what they have learned about these topics.  Encourage them to “teach” you about their new knowledge on these subjects.  A few suggestions for questions to ask are:

* What did you learn about how the earth moves?

* What are sun shadows?

* Why does it look like the sun is moving throughout the sky even though it is not?

These questions can aid in leading a very interesting discussion about the earth and sun with your child.

There is also a link posted under “Blogroll” on the bottom right corner of this blog where students can complete an activity with sun shadows.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Jessica Tomarchio

Our Class Blog Information!

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Welcome to this year’s blog!  I am so excited to begin teaching science next week.  We will be completing a unit on the Earth, Sun, and Moon, which will last for the next several weeks. Because children learn best by direct experiences, the class will observe the position and appearance of the Moon nightly for a month, and the Sun during the day.

Because students cannot observe the stars during the daytime and sometimes the Moon is easier to observe at night, I request your assistance in helping students complete their observations. Please assist your child in making nightly observations of the Moon and the stars.  S/he will bring home a chart and a journal in which to record observations of these objects in the sky.  Please allow your child to make his/her own observations and to complete the record pages.  If possible, take time to discuss these observations and help to find patterns in the changes in the Moon’s appearance and position in the sky while also discussing the position of the stars.

There may be days when the moon is not visible; it is only necessary to note the condition of the sky in the Moon Journal.  If your child has access to the internet or a newspaper, the phase of the moon can also be found there.

We will review this data daily to help us construct a moon calendar.  Sky watching is a great family activity.  There is no need to travel away from your home; a clear space to record observations is all that is needed.

Every Friday throughout the semester, I will be posting on this blog some discussion questions that follow up on some topics that we have discussed over the course of the week.  Please take the time to discuss these topics and questions with your child.  We will be discussing these questions in class as well.  To allow me to see that you have read and looked over the blog each week, please post your child’s first name in the comments section after every entry.

Thank you for your assistance with your child’s understanding of objects in the sky, and thank you for discussing these topics and questions posted on the blog with your child.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at


Jessica Tomarchio