Creating a Sun Map of the Garden

EXPLORATION

PRIMARY ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE
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Creating a Map of the Garden

Students will use their school garden to chart and create sun maps.

Time

1 Day

Setting

Inside and Outside

Collection Group

SHADOW STICKS

 

Standards

  • S2E2a. Students will investigate the position of the sun in relation to a fixed object on earth at various times of the day.

Materials

  • Map of the school grounds or garden (1 copy for each student)
  • Coloring supplies (colored pencils, preferred)

Procedures

  1. Provide students with a map of the school grounds or garden and create a key denoting one color for each morning, noon, and afternoon.
  2. Visit the school grounds or garden with the maps once in the morning, once around noon, and once in the afternoon, each time coloring the area that is shaded at the time according to the key that was previously created.
  3. Analyze the sun maps with the students to reiterate how shadows are formed by the movement of the celestial bodies and to consider the effect that the information will have on garden planning.

Explorations in this Collection

Creating a Sun Map of the Garden

Creating a Sun Map of the Garden

Making Shadow Sticks

Making Shadow Sticks

Telling Direction with No Compass

Telling Direction with No Compass

Telling Time With No Clocks

Telling Time With No Clocks