ASTRONOMY COURSE OUTLINE 2009
Unit 1) 1/8 to 1/29
Science vs. Pseudoscience
The Daytime Sky
The Night Sky
The Celestial Sphere
Distances, Sizes, Angles
Unit 2) 1/30 to 2/17
About Light, mirrors, lenses
Earth, Moon and Sun
Unit 3) 2/18 to 3/11
Paths of the planets
Unit 4) 3/12 to 4/3
Light and Telescopes (Chapter 2)
The Stars (Chapter 3)
Unit 5) 4/4 to 4/30
Comets, Meteors, and Meteorites (Chapter 11)
Life on Other Worlds (Chapter 12)
Unit 6) 5/1 to 5/27 (Unit test is earlier followed by the final exam.)
Galaxies (Chapter 6)
The Universe (Chapter 7)
Text: “Astronomy - A Self-Teaching Guide". 6th Edition, by Dinah L. Moche, Johm Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2004.
Kit Building and Labs
Know about these and be able to relate them to the ideas of astronomy.
These are evaluated mainly by doing them and your assignments.related to them. They may not be tied directly to the current topic.
RULES FOR THE CLASSES OF BRO. JAMES
01) Be in class and in your assigned seat several minutes before the exact class starting time.
02) Be organized, take out your textbook and necessary materials. place your book bag off the top of your desk, and be ready for the starting prayer and to follow the class learning procedures and to be on task at all times.
03) Do not sit on the tables.
04) Do not leave your seat without permission.
05) Do not tamper with any equipment or controls.
06) There is no talking during class without permission and noise is not permitted. Raise you hand when asking a question at the proper times. When the teacher or another student is talking to the class, do not interrupt them.
07) When permitted to talk during class, do not talk too loud or talk across the room.
08) Don't go to the restroom or leave the classroom without permission. Permission to go to the restroom is given only for emergencies. If permission is not given and it is an emergency, then go and discuss the circumstances with the teacher later.
09) Never throw anything in class.
10) No horseplay or any activity that disrupts the class or shows disrespect for the teacher’s authority, or disrespect for another student is permitted.
(Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the consequences may not be followed in this order. Repeated offenses make the consequences worse.)
01) Verbal correction - Do not talk back or deny the correction or the consequences will become worse.
02) Your seat may be changed.- Do not hesitate or talk back or the consequences will become worse.
03) You may be told to see the teacher after class. Do not refuse the request or complain about it or the consequences will become worse.
04) You may have to write lines..
05) You may be given a detention.
06) You may be sent to the office
GENERAL METHODS FOR BRO. JAMES’ SCIENCE CLASSES - 2009
01) Lab investigations (those without equipment are called Dry Labs). Most labs have three parts: Pre-lab directions, doing the lab, and post-Lab discussion of the results .
02) Teacher explanations and student questions. Going over homework.
03) Oral Reading in class.This is usually combined with teacher comments and notes.
04) Demonstration labs, audio-visuals, and field trips.
05) Drawing and coloring assignments.
06) Role-Playing (by teacher or students), play-acting, and games.
07) Speeches by individual students.
08) Using the internet and computer resources.
08) Making and studying outlines or other study helps.
09) Cooperative learning groups and group reports.
10) Homework assignments, projects, tests and exams.
Tests = 50%
Classwork = 20%
Homework = 15%
Participation = 15%
ASSIGNMENT RULES FOR BRO. JAMES’ SCIENCE CLASSES
01) It is your responsibility to have the items listed below (in addition to your own textbook) with you at all times.
02) Use standard size (8.5 X 11 inches) college-lined, white loose-leaf paper for all normal assignments that are turned in. Use unlined, white paper of the same size for drawings. Have a notebook for class notes and assignments.
03) Use blue or black pen for written assignments and a # 2 pencil for math calculations, drawings. Have a set of coloring pencils (6 or more colors) with you at all times.
04) Do not use whiteout. If you make a mistake with a pen, neatly draw lines through the mistake. Do the same with a pencil if you cannot erase it cleanly.
05) Have an English/Metric ruier and calculator with you for all classes. You also need a clipboard with a low-profile clip.
06) Place homework assignments in the in-tray before the start of class or they may be marked late or not accepted. If absent, makeup the assignment as soon as you return or it will be counted as late.
07) Follow the directions for using the assignment numbers and student numbers on your assignments.
08) Save all handouts, returned assignments and returned tests.
09) You are required to register for this course at gradeconnect.com. When grades are posted, you are required to observe them and show them to your parents or guardians.
ASSIGNMENT FORMAT EXAMPLE
B-01 (Objective Number) 123 (Student Number)
01/09/07 (Date) Albert Einstein (Name)
The Effects of Acids on Plants (Title)
Then give the page numbers and subtiitles and details of your assignment. Use both sides of the paper and write neatly with normal spacing and margins. Be sure to number questions and follow any additional procedures as given.
TEACHER'S BIOGRAPHICAL DATA
---Name: BROTHER JAMES A. PETRAIT, O.S.F.S. Born: Philadelphia, PA. Teaching for 47 years.
---A Religious Brother in the Order of the Oblates of St.Francis de Sales for over 51 years.
---B.A. degree, University of Detroit; M.Ed. degree, University of Georgia during a National Science Foundation (NSF) Academic Year Institute (AYI) Grant program.
---Also attended the Catholic University of America; and NSF Grant Programs at Christian Brothers College, Vanderbilt University, St.Lawrence University, Ball State University, West Virginia University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Texas. Have credits from Brigham Young University.
---Nationally-published articles in theAMERICAN BIOLOGY TEACHER, the SCIENCE TEACHER, the CATHOLIC DIGEST, the U.S. CONGRESSIONAL RECORD and the JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF AMATEUR RADIO ASTRONOMERS (SARA) , and CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE.
---Science Education lectures and workshops given at Chicago, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Layton, Orlando, Purdue University, Anaheim, and at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
---Winner of five national science education awards: OUTSTANDING BIOLOGY TEACHER AWARD from the National Association of Biology Teachers (included a $1000. research microscope), a STAR AWARD from the National Science Teachers Association (included $250.), two OHAUS AWARDS from the National Science Teachers Association (one for $500. and one for $250.), and a1995 NATIONAL PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SECONDARY SCIENCE TEACHING. that included a $7500. grant to the school for science education and an all-expense paid trip to Washington for two.
---Former President of the Michigan Association of Biology Teachers, former President of the Utah Biology Teachers Association and a former Board member and Publicity Chairman for the Utah Science Teachers Association.
---Holder of a GENERAL CLASS RADIO AMATEUR LICENSE, Call letters are NP2DP.
---Contributed to the BSCS BIOLOGY, Green Version, 6th Edition.
---Listed in MARQUIS WHO'S WHO IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, MARQUIS WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA, and MARQUIS WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD (current and previous editions since 1996.) and in MARQUIS WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN EDUCATION since 2004
---Participated in an NSF funded program on RADIATION BIOLOGY at St. Lawrence University.
---Partiicipated in an NSF fiunded program on PHYSICAL SCIENCE at Christian Brothers College.
---Participated in an NSF funded program on DRUGS AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR at Vanderbilt University.
---Participated by invitation in the NSF funded HUMAN GENETICS AND BIOETHICS WORKSHOP
FOR OUTSTANDING BIOLOGY TEACHERS at Ball State University.
---Visited the main control room at the U.S. Atomic Bomb testing site in Nevada and stood at the rim of an atomic bomb crater.
---Present at the noon launch of the space shuttle Challenger's last successful flight.
---Started the SEEDS FOR A NEW LIFE program on St.Croix after Hurricane Hugo. Thousands of packets of seeds were distributed on St.Croix.
---Continuing Astronomy Associate at the National Astronomy Radio Observatory (NRAO) at Greenbank, WV. Participated in a training program in Radio Astronomy at Greenbank, WV.
---First science teacher from the Virgin Islands to receive NATIONAL CERTIFICATION from the National Science Teachers Association.
---TEACHER RESOURCE AGENT for the American Astronomical Society since participating in the NSF, AASTRA program at Northern Arizona University.
---1996 ACCESS EXCELLENCE FELLOWSHIP FOR OUTSTANDING BIOLOGY TEACHERS from the Genentech Corporation. This included a laptop computer and a week of internet training at Genentech in San Francisco.
---1997 Finalist and Alternate for the ALBERT EINSTEIN FELLOWSHIP FOR DISTINGUISHED SCIENCE EDUCATORS (1 of the 6 alternates chosen out of 61 applicants).This included an all-expense paid trip to Washington to be interviewed by government science officials.
----1998 Participated NSF ASTRONOMY LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP at the University of Texas.
It included a week of sky observations at the MC DONALD OBSERVATORY in Western Texas.
---1999 Participated in the funded SPACE SCIENCE WORKSHOP at the Wright Science Center at Tufts University.
---2000 Finalist for the Virgin Islands CHRISTA MC AULIFFE FELLOWSHIP.
---Current Virgin Islands REPRESENTATIVE for the SETI - LEAGUE. (the leading worldwide organization devoted to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence by the use of radio astronomy data.)
---Muon Research Article published in the Journal of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers -2003.
---Evolution Teaching article published nationally by the Catholic News Service - 2005
---2007: Published book "Faith Stories from a Science Teacher" available on the web at http://stores.lulu.com/jpetrait or htto://www.lulu.com/ and search for "petrait". The book is also available on http://www.amazon.com/ Search for "petrait"