These Daytime Astronomy Activities introduce students to a series of astronomical observations and activities during the day while they are at school. They lead to students doing their own night-time observations at home.
Lesson 1: DRAW MY SHADOW
Students work in pairs to record the movement of their shadows throughout the day - drawing their shadows in chalk on a paved or sealed area.
Draws attention to the fact that it is the rotating earth that is causing this to happen.
Lesson 2: WORKING OUT SOLAR NOON
Solar noon is when the Sun is half way in time between sunrise and sunset.
Lesson 3: EARTH TURNS WEST TO EAST
To show that it is the turning of the Earth from west to east that makes the shadows change as the Sun appears to move from east to west.
Lesson 4: TIMING SUNLIGHT
Help the students understand that light takes 8 minutes to get from the sun to the earth, by comparing it with the travel time of light from the next nearest star in the northern hemisphere (Sirius).
Lesson 5: I'M A COMPASS
Understanding the difference between true north and magnetic north by using the noon shadow and comparing it to a compass.
Lesson 6: PLOTTING THE SUN'S PATH
Doing this activity provides the understanding that the path of the sun through the sky during the day is the same as the path of the moon and planets at night.
Lesson 7: HOW HIGH IS THE SUN?
The length of shadow relates to the height of the sun. Long shadows in winter, short shadows in summer.
Lesson 8: MY SHADOW AT HOME
Students mark out a north/south shadow line at home
Lesson 9: WHAT IS IN THE SKY TONIGHT?
Students use the line marked in Lesson 8 to complete activities at night - the path of the planets, the location of Polaris (the pole star) and the Big Dipper.
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