Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Sun Over My School - Section 3: Explore


I thought it would be fun for the students to actually take the pictures, because then they could take real observations. Well, I had to show them how to take a photo with the horizon in it, because they all kept saying, "I can't get the horizon and the sun in one picture."  I just said you have to step back and look at the screen to get the sun and the horizon in the picture. 

Another issue was that the sun was very bright. I might encourage students to bring sun glasses next time. 

This lesson has to be done on a sunny day if the students really take the pictures. So, planning may need to be very flexible, or you could take the pictures yourself. Then the class could look at the images you took.

Last, for the class to be able to complete all the illustrations you may have to add a page like I did here: student work.

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The Sun Over My School

Unit 5: The Sun, Earth, and Moon
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: SWBAT identify that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

Big Idea: Bring the concept of of the pattern of the sun to life at your school. Observe and document the sun moving over your sky.

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