We will be using the Indiana State Standard 1.3.2 – investigate, describe and discuss surroundings and question why things move and change.
The purpose of this lesson is to teach children about the sun and its relationship with the earth. We will investigate why we have day and night.
- Start out the lesson by gathering on the floor and filling out a KWL chart.
- Under “What We Know” write down the children’s suggestions about what they know about the sun.
- Then ask them what they would like to know and write the suggestions on that part of the chart.
- Leave what we have learned for later.
Tell the children they will be investigating why we have night and day and how does the sun help.
Form four groups and give each group one flashlight and a baggie with play dough per student. Have helpers pass out materials to each group.
Challenge them to use the flashlight and play dough to show how we have day and night on earth.
Let the children investigate for about 10 minutes or until they are ready.
Encourage them to share, help each other and follow directions. Ask them what they discovered.
Each group will choose someone to explain what they learned and compare their ideas with the other groups.
Gather the class back on the floor and choose 2 children to use a large flash light and globe to demonstrate day and night .
Discuss whether the sun moves or the earth moves to cause day and night.
Demonstrate that it is the earth that moves and not the sun.
End the lesson by asking the children what they have learned and finish the chart.
As a follow up to this lesson the children can draw a picture of what they learned and write a sentence describing it in their Sun notebook.
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