Students have tipped the traditional notion of learning environments has centered mainly on places and spaces. Bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out is what this group of students is all about.
Students are excited to be problem solvers and to extend their problem solving skills by exploring the shop class methods for tech education.
I teach at one of the smallest, rural schools in Connecticut. Students are ready to learn, ready to explore and ready to be challenged!
This project is a great way any time of year to get my students making predictions, collecting data, recording observations, and drawing conclusions. The stepping stone kits will be used to make a large sundial and the dragonfly sundial on a stand will be used to compare the dials.
I believe that the more actively engaged students are in their learning, the more lasting knowledge they will gain.
Posing the question, "How can you tell time without a watch when you're playing outside on a sunny day?" students will study time, history of telling time, and find out about the accuracy of time. With this project, students will make templates of their stones for the sundial, create their own stone to add to the sundial, and compare the accuracy of the two sundials, the one we make and the dragonfly sundial on a stand.
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