We're really starting to put our thinking caps on in 5th grade regarding the patterns/trends we see and experience.
We've recognized the day/night pattern, and now we're starting to wonder about if there are any patterns in the night sky. We know there are patterns with the moon phases, as all year long we've collected and graphed moon data to see that the moon cycle is approximately 29-30 days.
But are there patterns with the stars we see in the sky? You betcha! Fifth graders figured this out by using some mathematics and modeling. Check out their awesome work to explain this phenomena!
Here students created a physical model to show how the Earth moves around the Sun and determined that there were times during the year they saw certain things in the night sky and other times when they didn't. They put this into words creating a 2-dimensional model to explain their thinking!