posted by: gmynsberge
Well, I thought Iwould create a lessson plan using the standard I felt most uncomfortable with at the beginning of the week, which is standard 5.2.2: Observe and use pictures how the sun appears to move across the sky in the same general way every day but rises and sets in different places as the seasons change. Since students should not directly look at the sun, this was a major concern to me. But the Astro Institute has save me.
Prior Knowledge- I use inquiry to teach so beginning by learning their knowledge about the sun helps. I will teach about the sun being an average sized star (which most students don’t know).
Lesson Plan- I plan on teaching this standard several ways.
I think I can acquire cheap materials and have students make a model to track the movement of the sun as Aaron did with his daughter. Hopefully, we can go outside at 1:44 weekly and plot where the shadow of the sun is located. This will teach students to create an analemma.
We can also build sundials teaching the students how to track time. Aaron told me that I could go outside at the same time during different seasons of the year to demonstrate the differences on their sundials. So, journaling a picture each time will be helpful. Also, using the concept of the sundial at Notre Dame to show where the sun sets at equinoxes and having the students role play this can also help them toreinforce the concept.
Aaron also showed me a very neat website called Stellarium which will allow students to change the movement of the sun by minutes, days, seasons, etc. So, I know students will be able to comprehend this concept.
Also, I do plan on going to the DVT for a field trip where showing the movement of the sun will be reinforced.
I can also use the webquest on the sun at www.solarview.com/eng/sun/htm.