February 27, 2012

Keep Looking Up!

Sixth Grade Science students learn 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.  We continue to develop awareness of and appreciation for our world.

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.






Sun Angle-a   Sun Angle-b

What is the angle of the Sun off the horizon?  Sixth grade Science students measure to find out.
Science students measure the length of their shadows (in centimeters) each month.