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Looking for a way to give your students a chance to show what they know about elapsed time? This project allows students a chance to apply these skills to real world examples. Along the way, they also learn some science concepts and geography concepts.
In this project, students learn about the reason we have seasons on Earth. They find the sunrise and sunset times for dates on or close to the summer and winter solstice and vernal and autumnal equinox for their city. They use this information to find the amount of time the sun is out on each of those days. Then, they have to choose five cities from anywhere around the world to find the sunrise and sunset times, plus the amount of daylight each location gets. Using this information, they create a bar graph of the total amount of minutes the sun is out in each location. Students also answer word problems using the information they find.
The final part of the project asks students to choose which location they would most like to vacation at. It asks them to consider which time of year would be best to visit and what they might expect the weather to be like.