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Spinning Sky    Mystery 3

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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.

How can the sun help you if you're lost?

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Three sun direction choices

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what`would`you`do
to`get`home?

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We suggest playing "3 Corners" if you're teaching a class of students.

Corners: * I would walk toward the sun * I would walk away from the sun * I would walk in a different direction

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Beginning Activity Prep
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Activity Prep

Get supplies and prepare Sun Finder template.

For each student you'll need to:

To prepare the Sun Finder templates for your students, fold them 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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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
  • Activity: Vocabulary Cards let students practice reading and writing skills while learning science vocabulary.
  • Readings: Two readings about the sun for first grade.
  • Read-aloud: In The Sun is My Favorite Star, by Frank Asch, a child notices how the sun touches her life from when she wakes up to when she goes to bed.
  • Activity: Use your Sun Finder to show where the sun is at different times of day.
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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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