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Aug 1, 2007
I am a fifth grade teacher who is always on the lookout for project-based, real-life activities. This site is one of the best I have found. I have participated in it for two years both fall and spring and will continue in the future. Besides science skills, it gives kids experiences in writing, reading, math and social studies. I would highly recommend it to anyone .

Aug 1, 2007
Make adjustments for students with visual or perceptual difficulties. You might try highlighting information on the printouts. I used underlining. It was a good project for Special Ed. because it was very active. The students got to go outside and take their own measurements. You will have to come up with a reminder system for students with a short attention span or faulty memory. This was a good activity to work on organizational skills.

Aug 1, 2007
This resource worked very well as I had thoroughly explored the resource before use.

Jun 4, 2002
I found that my third graders needed to see the information. They looked at the graph but couln't make any deductions. Once we plotted the locations and info onto a globe they were able to make guesses that were more accurate.

May 4, 2002
Prior to commencing the project, visit all pertinent links and print out lesson plans that are grade-level appropriate. Make sure you have all necessary project tools available prior to committing to the project. Encourage student-generated discussions of concepts and findings. Give students ample opportunities to observe, record, summarize, and predict.

Apr 21, 2002
The students need more activities to foster understanding about how the number of daylight hours can affect the temperature. Also, they needed more activities converting hours into minutes. I had to work out the activities with them as opposed to the students solving the problems themselves.

Apr 18, 2002
Make sure the students have a clear understanding of latitute and longitude.

Apr 14, 2002
Teach the students military time before they begin.