Keep Looking Up!

September 24, 2019

Sixth Grade Science students learn observation, prediction, data measurement and 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.  Along with our beginning and end-of-year height, we will create individual graphs of the data we collect using Create-a-Graph on our iPads.  In addition, 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.  This data is also displayed in a graph.

In each segment of the investigation, we control all but one variable and identify the independent (also called manipulated or experimental) variable.  We then document and display the outcome of the dependent or responding variable—the condition that is a result of changing the independent (manipulated or experimental) variable.

With the data and graphs we can make inferences and draw conclusions.  This is what scientists do!  The culmination is a fine record of our 6th Grade year of our lives!  We continue to develop awareness of and appreciation for our world.

We regularly discuss our observations of and appreciation for the daytime and nighttime sky—including the changing phases of the Moon, and the changes in position of planets and constellations.  Go out to view the sky! 

Science students measure the length of their shadows (in centimeters) each month.

   

What is the angle of the Sun off the horizon?  Sixth grade Science students measure using a modified protractor.

 

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