How can the sun help you if you're lost?
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How can the sun help you if you're lost?
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Three sun direction choices

If`you`were`Doug,
what`would`you`do
to`get`home?

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Extensions

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Readings:

These Common-Core-aligned readings are free with registration on ReadWorks. All readings include comprehension questions.

  • Day to Night— A child notices the position of the sun in the sky at different times of day. (Grade 1)
  • Sunrise, Sunset— A reading about how the length of the day changes with the season of the year. (Grade 1)
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Activity: Where’s the Sun?

Encourage your students to notice where the sun is in the sky at different times of the day. Ask them to show you these times, using their Sun Finder.

  • Where is the sun at lunchtime?
  • Where is the sun when you wake up in the morning?
  • Where is the sun just before dinnertime?
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children lost in the city by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Josef Sowa
forest by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Yegor Larin
boy with backpack in the forest by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: upslim
eggs and toast by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: citr
sun peering through the forest by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Piotr Krzeslak
cottage in the forest by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Maciej Czekajewski
kid playing with toys by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Tomsickova Tatyana
man chopping vegetables by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Rommel Canlas
meadow pine trees by Ken Kistler
fallen tree by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: TairA
man walking through forest by Danny Jun Fitness
girl lost in forest by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: iraua
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Activity Prep

In this Mystery, students develop a model of the sun’s daily path across the sky, then use this model to help someone who’s lost. In the activity, Sun Finder, students create a mobile paper model of the sun and earth to illustrate the position of the sun throughout the day.

Preview activity

Number of students:
Scissors
1 pair per student
Three-Hole Punch
1 hole punch per class
Paper Fasteners
1 fastener per student
Sun Finder printout 1 per student
Prep Instructions

Prepare Sun Finder Templates

Fold the Sun Finder template in half, lengthwise. You can fold 5 at a time, if you like.

Put the folded edge in a 3-hole punch and punch the templates. You can work with multiple copies at a time — depending on what your 3-hole punch will accommodate.

It's okay if the hole in the rectangle with the sun on it doesn't quite match the circle printed on the page.

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