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ERIC Number: EJ1044513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Find Your School's Analemma
Lough, Tom; Vanover, Courtney
Science and Children, v52 n2 p55-59 Oct 2014
On any given sunny day, Courtney Vanover's third graders were like alarm clocks, making sure everyone in the room knew when 9:30 was approaching. Why? Because they were participating in a yearlong science project to answer the question, "Where is the tip of the shadow of the school flagpole each morning at 9:30?" Although they did not know it at the time, the result would be an analemma, the beautiful figure-eight pattern made by the Sun when observed at a specific time each day for a year. It seemed simple and straightforward. All the class had to do was mark the end of the flagpole shadow at 9:30 on sunny days. But it turned out to be much more than this. In this article, the authors share their discovery of this beautiful pattern in nature and provide instruction on how other teachers and their students can do it too.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky