March 7, 2011

Keep Looking Up!

 Sixth Grade Science students are learning observation, data collection, and analysis skills by becoming more aware of the changes in the seasons, and in the sky.  On or about the 21st of each month, we record the length of our shadows at the same time of the day.  We are creating individual graphs of the data we collect using the Microsoft Excel application on our laptop computers.  We measure (and graph) the Sun’s angle off the horizon.  We determine the sunrise and sunset times for Lexington and compute the hours and minutes of daylight and darkness.  An underlying theme is for us to continue to develop awareness of and appreciation for our surroundings.

We regularly discuss our observations of and appreciation for the night sky—including the changing phases of the Moon, and the changes in position of planets and constellations.  Go out to view the night sky!  Sixth graders can point out many features.

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Science students measures the length of their shadows (in centimeters) on a COLD winter day.   What is the angle of the Sun off the horizon? Sixth grade Science students measure to find out.