Unit 1: Exploring the Nature of Light Phenomena

XI. Exploring Physical Phenomena: Summary of Equipment and Supplies for Unit 1

 

Exploring Physical Phenomena: Summary of Equipment and Supplies for Unit 1
Exploring Physical Phenomena: Summary of Equipment and Supplies for Unit 1
When used For instructors and demonstration For each group of 3 For each student
Often 4 large whiteboards

Set of white board markers and erasers

2 meter sticks

Chart paper

Masking tape

Large whiteboard for class moon observations

1 large whiteboard,

1 meter stick,

1 plastic bin with set of magic markers;

Example NSTA journal, NSTA newsletter,

Children’s books about light, thermal phenomena, weather, climate change

(Need second meter stick for each group for exploring reflection in Unit 1)

Small whiteboard,

Whiteboard marker;
Whiteboard eraser

Half of an old manila folder with which to make paper “tent’ name plate
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Unit 1

Week 1

Day 1

Q1.1 Exploring ways to foster science learning

 

 

 

 

2 sheets chart paper on which volunteers alternately record findings reported by small groups about ways to foster science learning

Bin with above materials

 

1 sheet of chart paper on which group members draw pictures and record ways that fostered their own science learning

U1H1 Welcome Handout

U1H2 Student information Form

 

If weather permits, go on field trip outside to start sky journals

 

 

 

Sky journal (see Unit 5, Question 5.6)

Before field trip outside:

U1H8 Diagnostic Questions about the Sun, Moon, and stars

Sky Journal (See Unit 5, Question 5.6)

Q1.2 Diagnostic Question about Light Bright lamp, no shade;

Basketball with “stand” (masking tape roll)

U1H7 Diagnostic Questions about Light Handout
Q1.3 – Q1.7 Exploring light and shadows Large whiteboard

Sheet of chart paper to cover whiteboard to serve as opaque screen

Lamp with clear bulb so can see filament if available; otherwise frosted LCD bulb

Large whiteboard

Sheet of chart paper to cover whiteboard to serve as an opaque ‘screen’

Shaded table lamp with bendable stem

Barrier  (board, book, or hand)

 

U1H3 Exit ticket

U1H4 Physics Notebook Page with Explanations

2 U1H5 Physics Notebook Pages

 

U1H9 Table1.1, Light and Shadows (use near end of class)

Near end of class: cardboard cutout to take home and use in exploring light and shadows with friend or family member

Day 2

Q1.9 – Q1.2 Exploring pinhole phenomena:

 

Bright lamp with bulb that is not a sphere, no shade

Pinhole Exploration Envelope:

(2 paper cups, 1 paper towel roll; 1 Al foil square, 3 wax paper squares, 6 rubber bands, 1 pin)

(paper cups replace previous use of empty toilet paper rolls – they are clean, only need one rather than 2 ends added, and provide a larger projection)

 

 

U1H3 Exit ticket

U1H5 Physics notebook page

If remote learning: paper cup, empty paper towel roll, cereal or snack box;

translucent cover such as cereal box liner or plastic bag;

Al foil square or Al from candy bar wrapper unless using a paper cup;

1 or 2 rubber bands,

pin or needle

U1H10 Table1.1cont; Table 1.2, Pinhole Phenomena (use near end of class)

Week 2

Day 3

Q1.16 Using pinhole phenomena to estimate diameter of Sun:

Sunny day

If not a sunny day:  Bright lamp with bulb that is not a sphere, no shade

Extra physics notebook pages if students have not brought their own

Pinhole Math Envelope

(White paper on cardboard screen, cardboard holder with Al foil with pinhole; cardboard holder with wax paper screen if not a sunny day)

U1H3 Exit Ticket

U1H11 Sun Pinhole problem stated;for use if rainy day)

U1H13 Solving Pinhole Math Problems

 

U1H12 Diameter of the Sun Handout; Table 1.3 (Use near end of class)

Day 4

Q1.18 – Q1.20 Exploring  reflection phenomena:

 

(If there is a holiday during the term, combine reflection and refraction explorations)

Flashlight

2 meter sticks, yard sticks, rulers, or pencils

Mirror

Computer (provided; or laptop brought in by group member)

Logger lite software

TI Light Probe or other light sensor* ($16) or cell phone APP: LUX meter

Interface** ($61)

Reflectivity Envelope (samples of Al foil, cardboard, wax paper, colored paper including black, paper towel, dark cloth)

U1H3 Exit Ticket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U1H14 Reflection Phenomena (use near end of class)

Week 3

Day 5

Q1.21 Exploring refraction phenomena

2 paper cups, one with dot

Tray, straw or wooden stirrer

 

U1H3 Exit Ticket

 

 

U1H15 Refraction Phenomena
(use near end of class)

Day 6

Q1.23-1.24 Exploring dispersion phenomena and explaining rainbows

Sunny day or bright lamp Prism

(note: CDs can make rainbows but this involves a different mechanism than dispersion)

(sunny day or bright light)

Red, blue, and black whiteboard markers

U1H3 Exit Ticket

If remote learning:

prism or some drinking glasses, glass plates or jewelry crystals, or access to hose and spray of water on a sunny day

U1H16 Dispersion Phenomena (use near end of class)

U1H17 NGSS Practices

* https://www.vernier.com/products/sensors/tilt-bta/50/
**For example: Go!Link https://www.vernier.com/products/interfaces/go-link/

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