Provide middle school students a deeper understanding of Earth's seasons through the analysis of a student-generated graph. Clear worksheet instructions, easy to enter data, and a nice analysis section combine to make a really worthwhile activity!
Goal: Graph the relationship between the seasons and angle of sunlight, as well as the seasons and length of daylight hours.
Students are given data for the number of daylight hours and the angle of the sun for each month for 2 years. From this information, they generate a graph that shows both the angle of sunlight and the hours of daylight on the same graph. The blank graph is provided so students only need to plug in the data points. To make it go a little quicker, students can work in pairs so that each person graphs one year of data (2 years are given) and combine their graphs. If this sounds complicated... it isn't. The instructions are very easy to follow!
The resulting graphs are great, clearly showing changes in the hours of daylight over each year period while simultaneously showing changes in the hours of daylight over the months of a year.
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