Class 13: Friday, 9/25/2020
Warm Up: 

1.  Why can't we "see our breath" right now?

2.  When we do see our breath, what are we actually seeing?

3.  I made a video showing how I can make my breath visible at will.  Can you guess how I did it?

4.  I forgot to point out that the Fall Equinox happened on Tuesday.  What is the Fall Equinox?  What's important about it?


Today:

  • All Students -- 8:00 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom (or watch the recording later -- class YouTube playlist).
    • Go over last night's homework -- the Temperature and Pressure Practice Questions (Google Quiz Format)
    • Brief lesson/demos -- Topic: How pressure changes can cause temperature changes
      • Fire piston (ours is called a "fire syringe")
      • Pumping up a bottle
      • Next class -- making clouds in bottles?
  • Gold and Remote Students: 
    • Study for your quiz retake.  We will do it on Monday.
    • If you haven't done it already, find the altitude of Polaris!
  • In-Person Only (Blue students):
    • Quiz Retake opportunity
    • If there's time... Finish the film canister submarine activity.
      • Try to explain how/why the submarine's density changes
      • Discuss the answers
    • No homework -- unless you still need to find the altitude of Polaris!
Class 12: Thursday, 9/24/2020
Warm Up: 
1.  I have a peeled, hard-boiled egg that's a little too big to fit in a milk bottle.  How can I get it to go in without destroying it?
2.  If I can get the egg inside, how do I get it out?
3.  Can you think of any other solutions to #1 or #2?

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:00 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom(or watch the recording later -- class YouTube playlist).
    • We never discussed Monday night's homework!  Let's do it now.
    • **Note, I have set a deadline for finding the altitude of Polaris.  The deadline is Sunday night.  If you don't complete it by Sunday, I will be entering a zero for this grade.  You can make up the zero with an alternative assignment.
    • Quizlet Quizzing
    • More demos -- candle in water; hovering egg?
  • All Students (practice): 
    • Complete the Temperature and Pressure practice exercise in Google Classroom.
  • In-Person Only (Blue students):
    • Return Quizzes. 
    • Finish the film canister submarine activity.
    • Retake tomorrow.
Class 11 Re-do:  Wednesday, 9/23/2020

Optional
Google Meet @ 8:05.  I will be re-doing yesterday's Google Meet for anyone who missed it (since the recording from yesterday didn't have sound).
Class 11: Tuesday, 9/22/2020
Warm Up: 

1.  What will happen if I put a balloon over a flask of water and then boil the water? 

2.  What will happen if I put the flask on ice?

3.  Will the balloon behave differently if I put it on after the water is already boiling?

4.  What will happen if I inflate a balloon, tie it off, and then place it in cold water?

5.  Why does all of this happen?

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:00 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): 
    • Study this Quizlet -- Physical Properties  I may be calling on you to answer some of these during class.
    • Gold students -- Study for a quiz retake (Objects in Space Quiz) on Thursday
  • In-Person Only (Blue students):
    • Return Quizzes.  Take pictures if you want, but I want to keep them, so I know what your scores were on each section.  That way I can give you the right grade if you retake a section and get a better score.
Class 10: Monday, 9/21/2020
Warm Up: 
1.  An iceberg is floating in a lake.  What will happen to the water level if the iceberg suddenly melts?  Why? 
2.  Does the weight of an object (e.g. a rock, a boat, an ice berg) change when you put it in water?  Explain how you know.
3.  What does change when you put something in water?  Why does the weight feel different?

Today:

  • All Students -- 8:00 Google Meet -- Use the link at the top of the page in Google Classroom(or watch the recording later -- class YouTube playlist).
  • All Students (homework): 
  • In-Person Only (Blue students):
    • Objects in Space Quiz -- I will share the quiz with the remote people.  Make a copy and put your name in the title.  Then share your copy with me.
    • Remote students, please complete the quiz at the same time as the blue students.  Stay in Meet with the microphone on, and point your camera at yourself while you work.   As soon as you are finished, take a picture of your quiz pages and email me the pictures (jstapleton@ewsd.org).
Class 9: Friday!!!!, 9/18/2020
Warm Up:  Why do raisins "dance" when you put them in carbonated water?  What is carbonated water?

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).
  • Remote and Blue Students: 
    • Study for your quiz on Monday.  It will be a different mix of questions than the ones on the Gold group quiz.
  • In-Person Only (Gold students):
    • Return Quizzes.  Take pictures if you want, but I want to keep them, so I know what your scores were on each section.  That way I can give you the right grade if you retake a section and get a better score.
    • Film canister submarine activity
    • No homework!
    • AR
Class 8: Thursday, 9/17/2020
Warm Up: 
The bottle on the right contains a "cartesian diver."  The diver dives when the bottle is squeezed, and the diver rises when the bottle is released.  Why does this happen?

Today:

Class 7: Wednesday, 9/16/2020
Warm Up: 
1.  What would happen if you made a hole through the center of the Earth, and you jumped in? 
2.  If you made it all of the way through, where would you come out? 
(antipodes map)

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).
    • Discuss the fact that I forgot to put the Class #6 assignments in Google Classroom.
    • Practice Test
  • All Students -- Practice/Homework: 
    • Review all of the Unit 1 Quizlets.
    • Gold students have a test tomorrow in class.  You can retake any section(s) of the test and keep your higher score.

 

Class 6 Tuesday, 9/15/2020

Warm Up: 

1.  Find Polaris (the North Star) in the picture on the right.

2.  Why might Polaris be harder to find tonight?

3.  Suppose you went out last night and looked at the night sky, and it looked like the picture on the right.  What time was it?  Follow these directions for telling time with the Big Dipper.

 

 

I just learned that the Big Dipper isn't a constellation, it's an asterism.

 

 

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

Star trails on the equator

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.