Follow the Sun

Follow the Sun


In this program you and your students 
will gain an understanding of how the amount of daylight changes depending on the time of the year and the path the sun takes through the sky.

Warm Up & Pre-Assessment
  • Why does your time for bed stays the same but it seems later in the summer?
  • How does the Sun move?
  • Where does the Sun appear on the horizon? (def. horizon)
  • Where does the Sun disappear on the horizon? (def. horizon)
  • Does the height of the Sun change in the sky?
  • Post It Notes
  • Data sheets (Science Notebooks)
  • Clipboards
  • Seasonal Markers
Planetarium Program Description

Using the planetarium students will predict and observe where on the horizon the sun appears and disappears.  They will record by counting how long the sun stays in the sky from sunrise and sunset for each season. They will also notice and record the the height of the sun for each season. We'll discuss the path of the sun and even discuss why our time for bed stays the same but it seems later in the summer. 

  • Opposites
  • North
  • South
  • East
  • West
  • Horizon
  • Season
  • Rise
  • Set
  • Prediction
Key Points of Understanding
  • The sun always rises in the East and sets in the West
  • The sun gets higher in the sky in summer and is lowest in the winter.
  • Days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter. 
Jason Archer,
Mar 9, 2018, 6:03 AM