Students used given data about the heights of tides to created a line graph. They plot points from 4 locations: Bar Harbor, MA, Monterey, CA, Virginia Beach, VA and Galveston, TX. They noticed that the moon effected the tides further north because it is closer to the moon. They also, realized that the highest tides were during the full moon for the same reason. Kate said, "I really liked Tide Heights, it was fun to compare the higher tides right next to the lower tides. I noticed that when it was a full moon the tides got higher and when it was a new moon the tides got lower." The students also got to work with fourth graders to learn about the moon's effect on the Earth and its water. "I think that Tide Heights was a great experience for Mrs. Grossimon's class and our class. I had a lot of fun talking with a younger friend about the differences in the height of tides, and charting it with colorful colors. It just made the project seem a hold lot brighter!" Nishtha commented. Working with the younger grade, let the fifth graders guide others to learning as well as gave them the confidence in knowing they understood the topic of the moon's effect on the Earth.
I hope you enjoy learning how the garden changes throughout the school year.