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Studies indicate that K-8 students often have difficulty understanding why days and nights vary in length and why the seasons change.   In this inquiry-based activity, children use household items to construct a simple sundial.  They track the position of the sun at different times during the year and measure the shadows cast by the sun's light.  The sun appears in a different location each day with one exception: the vernal and autumnal equinox when the position is the same.  As children predict outcomes, parents or teachers can introduce images showing the earth's tilt on its axis to help with concept building.  An explanation of the results is included along with links to a related site and other astronomy activities.  

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Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
- Fundamentals
= Celestial Mechanics
- The Sun
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
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Equinox, annalema, sundial
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Metadata instance created July 12, 2006 by Ann Deml
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Topic: Astronomy
Unit Title: Astronomy Activities

Studies document the difficulty elementary school children have understanding why days and nights vary in length and why the seasons change.   In this inquiry-based activity, children  construct a simple sundial to track the position of the sun and measure the shadows cast by the sun's light.  An explanation of the results is included along with links to a related site for further investigation.

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(Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 2001), WWW Document, (http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/activity_02.html).
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At Home Astronomy: Where is the Sun? (Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 2001), <http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/activity_02.html>.
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At Home Astronomy: Where is the Sun?. (2006, August 25). Retrieved July 30, 2014, from Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley: http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/activity_02.html
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Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley. At Home Astronomy: Where is the Sun?. Berkeley: Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley, August 25, 2006. http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/activity_02.html (accessed 30 July 2014).
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At Home Astronomy: Where is the Sun?. Berkeley: Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley, 2001. 25 Aug. 2006. 30 July 2014 <http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/activity_02.html>.
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@misc{ Title = {At Home Astronomy: Where is the Sun?}, Publisher = {Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {30 July 2014}, Month = {August 25, 2006}, Year = {2001} }
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