Telling Direction with No Compass

EXPLORATION

PRIMARY ELEMENTARY |  SCIENCE
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Telling Direction with No Compass

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

Time

1 Day

Setting

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.

Procedures

  1. Inform students that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Take students outside multiple times throughout the day to develop secret guesses for which direction is north.
  2. On the last visit of the day, ask students to close their eyes and point in the direction of what they believe is north (to assess their understanding). Then provide students with a compass to confirm their guess.

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