Class 9: Friday!!!!, 9/18/2020
Warm Up: 

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:05 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom(or watch the recording later -- class YouTube playlist).
  • All Students -- Practice/Homework: 
  • In-Person Only (Gold students):
Class 8: Thursday, 9/17/2020
Warm Up: 

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:05 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom(or watch the recording later -- class YouTube playlist).
  • All Students -- Practice/Homework: 
  • In-Person Only (Gold students):
Class 7: Wednesday, 9/16/2020
Warm Up: 

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:05 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom(or watch the recording later -- class YouTube playlist).
  • All Students -- Practice/Homework: 
  • In-Person Only (Gold students):

 

Class 6 Tuesday, 9/15/2020

Warm Up: 

 

  • All Students -- 8:05 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom(or watch the recording later -- class YouTube playlist).
    • The last topic for this Unit -- Beyond The Solar System
  • All Students -- Practice/Homework: 
  • In-Person Only (Gold students):

 

Class 5: Monday, 9/14/2020
Warm Up: 


  1. What are the lines in the sky?
  2. How was the picture created?
  3. Why are the lines arranged in a circular pattern?
  4. If this picture was taken in the Northern Hemisphere, in which direction did the circles form? (clockwise or counter-clockwise) 
  5. Which stars are moving faster, the inner ones or the outer ones? ** this is a trick question**
  6. If there is a star near the center, what is its name?
  7. Why did the photographer have to stop the picture before the stars made a complete circle?

Other long-exposure photos

Today:

 

 

 

 

Class 4: Friday!!!!, 9/11/2020
Warm Up: 
1.  According to this diagram from Wikipedia, on what date are we closest to the Sun?
2.  Is this diagram correct?
3.  Seasons on the Earth are not the same length.  In Vermont, which of our seasons would you guess is the longest?  Which is the shortest?


Orbit Simulation

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:05 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom(or watch the recording later -- class YouTube playlist).
    • Do some quizzing over the homework with the Quizlet flash cards.
    • Today's Topic:  Satellites, Moons, Comets, and Orbits  related links
      • Fix satellite's definition on the fact sheet.
    • Review today's quizlet assignment
    • How to measure a star's altitude
  • All Students -- Practice/Homework: 
    • If you need to hear anything from class again, watch the video at the MisterStapleton YouTube channel.
    • Study today's space facts, using the Satellites, Moons, Comets, and Orbits Quizlet
      1. Go through the flash cards until you can answer all of them.
      2. Try reverse mode at least once.
    • Measure the altitude of Polaris.  Use the astrolabe you made in class.  If you need directions on how to find polaris, watch the video on YouTube.
  • In-Person Only (Gold students):
Class 3: Thursday, 9/10/2020
Warm Up: 

1.  Which way does the Earth turn?  How can you tell?

2.  What would happen if it suddenly stopped turning?  Would the effects be different in different places?

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:05 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom (or watch the recording later on the class YouTube channel).
    • Make some corrections on the paper handout (details provided later)
    • Mr. Stapleton Slideshow -- pictures since last September
    • Do some quizzing over the homework with the Quizlet flash cards.
    • Today's Topic:  Planets (and other rocks orbiting the Sun)  check out these links
    • Review today's quizlet assignment
  • All Students -- Practice/Homework: 
    • If you need to hear anything from class again, watch the video at the MisterStapleton YouTube channel.
    • Study today's space facts, using the "Planets (and other rocks orbiting the Sun)" Quizlet
      1. Go through the flash cards until you can answer all of them.
      2. Try reverse mode if you want.
    • Mark this assignment complete in Google Classroom!
  • In-Person Only (Gold students):
    • Get a physical copy of the Unit 1 Handout
    • Practice names/pronunciations
    • Relax while Mr. Stapleton uploads the Zoom Video to YouTube and takes attendance. :-)
    • Solar System Walk -- experience the size and emptiness of the solar system
    • Clean Desks

 

Class 2 Wednesday, 9/9/2020

Warm Up:  Can you guess what the white circle is supposed to be?

 

 

Class 1: Tuesday, 9/8/2020
Warm Up: 
1.  Suppose you hold an object at arm's length and use it to cover up the moon.  How large does the object need to be to perfectly cover up the moon?  Quarter sized?  Dime sized?  Something else?
2.  What if you wanted to cover up the Sun?  What object would be just the right size?

 

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:05 Google Meet --  Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom (or watch the recording later on the class YouTube channel).
    • Warm-up
    • Important things you need to know -- Highlights from the ESS Course Expectations
    • Safety
    • Quick trip to Google Classroom
    • The KISS principle, which I sometimes have trouble following.
  • All Students -- Practice/Homework: 
    • Scroll through this web page.  Look at what we're doing tomorrow (class 2, above).  Then mark the assignment complete in Google Classroom.
    • If you missed class this morning, watch the video on the class YouTube channel.
  • In-Person Only (Blue Students):
    • Get a physical copy of the Unit 1 Handout
    • Make an astrolabe.  You will need it later for measuring the altitude of Polaris.
    • Practice names/pronunciations
    • Relax while Mr. Stapleton uploads the Google Meet Video to YouTube and takes attendance. :-)
    • If there's time... Solar System Walk -- experince the size and emptiness of the solar system
    • Clean Desks

 

  • Handouts for this week and next:
    • Unit 1:  Objects In Space Facts -- ***Note: #2 is correct on the physical (paper) handouts.  Please correct it.  It should just stay "the distance light travels in one second..."  You don't have to know the bonus facts, but they will definitely appear as bonus questions on the test.  Also, I added "astronomical unit" to the first set of facts.  1AU is the distance between the Sun and the Earth.
    • Unit 1 Quizlets (online flash cards) to study the objects in space facts.
  • Important Deadline:  Test over all of the Objects in Space Facts (bonus facts will be for bonus points only).
    • Gold group:  Thursday, 9/17
    • Blue group:  Monday, 10/21
  • Extra Links for Mr. S.