Class 8 Thursday 9/20/2018 

Warm-Up: 
The picture on the right is misleading in a few ways.  How many problems can you find with the picture?

Today: 

Handouts/Links:  Mr. Stapleton's copy of Objects in Space notes

Homework:  

  • Review your objects in space notes.  We will have a practice over those notes next class.
  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 7 Tuesday 9/18/2018 

1.  Why is the sky blue?

2.  Why are sunsets red?

3.  What does the sky look like from our moon?

Today: 

  • Did anyone else find Polaris?  If so, turn in your data.
  • Objects in the Universe Project.  Continue sharing objects using the class slideshow and take notes on objects in the solar system
  • Objects in Space notes sheet

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 6 Friday 9/14/2018 

1.  What's the current moon phase?  Full? Quarter? Crescent?

2.  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? 

Today: 

  • Check on hurricane Florence.
  • Missing Course Expectations -- Martin?
  • Did anyone else find Polaris?  If so, turn in your data.
  • Objects in the Universe Project

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 5  Wednesday 9/12/2018 

Sometimes you can "see your breath." 

1.  Why can't you see it right now?

2.  I know a way to make my breath visible right now.  Can you guess how I do it?

3.  Can you guess how this concept relates to objects in our solar system and the universe in general?

Today: 

  • Missing Course Expectations -- Martin
  • Did anyone find Polaris?  If so, turn in your data.
  • Objects in the Universe Project
    • Finish building your object. 
    • Hang objects from the ceiling
    • Will we be ready to share objects on Friday?

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 4  Monday 9/10/2018

 

1.  What is gravity?

2.  What role does gravity play in the diagram on the right?

3.  Are clouds affected by gravity?

4.  Is there gravity on the International Space Station?

5.  Can you think of something that is not affected by gravity?

6.  If you were to locate the Earth's current position on the diagram to the right, where would it be?

7.  What is special about each of the dates in the diagram?

 

Today: 

  • Missing Course Expectations -- Martin
  • Did anyone find Polaris?  If so, turn in your data.
  • Objects in the Universe Project
    • Today:
      • Finish your research questions, and get them checked by Mr. Stapleton.
      • Finish your slide.
      • Plan your model.
      • Begin building your model.
    • Wednesday: Finish building your object. Make sure that it can be hung from the ceiling.
    • Friday:  Share your object with the class and report on the answers to your research questions.

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 3  Thursday 9/6/2018

 

The center star, on the right, is Polaris.

1.  What is the common name for polaris?

2.  How can you find polaris?

3.  Do you know how a quadrant is used in astronomy?

Today: 

  • Turn in course expectations sheets.
  • Make a quadrant (a.k.a. astrolabe) and practice using it.
  • Objects in the Universe Project
    • Today:
      • Conduct Research
      • Using Google Slides, create a slide featuring your object.  Create your slide in this slide show (click the link).  The reason for the slide is that your model may not look exactly like the real object in space.  When you share your object with the class, this slide will be projected onto the classroom screen to help you better explain the features of your object.  Create a slide with at least two images that will help the rest of the class to fully understand your object.   The images must be large eand clear enough to see easily.
      • Add your name to the slide.

Handouts:

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.
Class 2  Tuesday 9/4/2018
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. a. If a star trail picture is taken in the Northern Hemisphere, in which direction do the circles form? (clockwise or counter-clockwise)  b.  How do you know?
  5. Which stars are moving faster, the inner ones or the outer ones?
  6. If there is a star near the center, what is its name?
  7. Draw a rough sketch of what the star trails would look like if you created a star trail picture by standing on the equator and pointing a camera eastward.
  8. Why did the photographer have to stop the picture before the stars made a complete circle?
  9. If a bicycle had passed through the scene with a flashlight in the spokes of one of it's tires, what would the bicycle light trail have looked like?

 

Today: 

  • Check to see if anyone is on yesterday's unverified list.
  • Turn in course expectations -- and get it back.
  • Objects in the Universe -- introduction -- short Video:  AMNH The Known Universe
    • Today:
      • Brainstorm objects
      • Assign objects
      • Brainstorm materials and construction ideas.  Most will be roughly shoebox sized.
        • Available Materials:  Paint, Foam Balls, Pipe Cleaners, Streamers, Airdry Clay, Cardboard (from the recycling bins)
      • Research objects
    • Thursday: 
      • Finish Research
      • Create a Google Slide featuring your object
    • Next Monday (9/10): Build your object. 
    • Next Wednesday:  Share your object

Handouts:

Homework:  

  • Course expectations are due by Friday (9/7).
Class 1  Thursday 8/30/2016
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: 

Handouts:

Homework:  

  • Share your course expectations handout with your parents.  Have them sign and return it by Next Friday (9/7).
Class 0  Tuesday 8/28/2018 (15 minute class) 12:50-1:05

Warm-Up: 

1. Use the seating chart to find your seat.

2.  Can you point to the North Pole?  How can you find it?

Today: 

  • Find your seat.
  • Names (pronunciations etc.)
  • Warm-up

Homework:  None