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Orientation to the Sky

After the students have provided written responses to the sun and moon diagnostic questions, the class takes a field to the parking lot just outside of the building to begin orientating themselves with the sky, the sun, and the moon. Four initial activities are conducted to get the students to start thinking about scientifically about the sun and the moon. First the students establish the cardinal directions, then they make an entry in their sky journals, then they begin making shadow plots, and tracing their shadows.
Establishing Cardinal Directions

Sky Journals

Shadow Plots

Tracing Shadows

Parking Lot Field Trip Cardinal Directions How are maps arranged? Establish N. Turn around, South. East on left, west on right. Sky journals. Shadow plots. Tracing shadows/predictions

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