|Name of Activity||Build a Sundial|
|Keywords||sundial, observations, revolution, earth, sun, rotation, axis, gnomon, solstice, equinox|
|Grade Level||4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Students will build a sundial and record observations from it.|
|Lesson Objectives:||This activity introduces students to various topics associated with the revolution of the earth around the sun and the earth’s rotation on its axis with respect to the sun.|
|Materials Needed:||Paper plate
|Preparation and Set Up:||Gather the necessary materials.
Arrange students in pairs.
Distribute necessary materials.
|Necessary Background||A sundial can record one of two things. Either the sun’s position in the sky can be recorded at various stages throughout the day or the length of the shadow cast can be monitored at the same time everyday for a period of weeks or months. The lesson can be used to target either of these principles.