View Binder Sundial

Sundials are ancient tools that can be used to estimate local solar time and investigate the apparent position of the Sun in the sky.

Grades Covered: 3 through 8
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Earth/Space Science

Curriculum topics:
  • Apparent Motion of Sun
  • Solar Time
  • Scientific Investigation
Standards
Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.
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National Standards

  • Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length & direction of shadows, day & night, & the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 5 /// Earth and Space Science /// Earth's Place in the Universe)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 3 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 4 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 5 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Middle School /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • 2.a. Sunlight can be blocked to create shadows.

    (CA Science /// Grade 3 /// 01. Physical Sciences /// 2. Light has a source and travels in a direction.)

  • 4.e. The position of the sun in the sky changes during the course of the day and from season to season.

    (CA Science /// Grade 3 /// 03. Earth Sciences /// 4. Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns.)

  • 7.h. Identify changes in natural phenomena over time without manipulating the phenomena (e.g., a tree limb, a grove of trees, a stream, a hillslope).

    (CA Science /// Grade 6 /// 07. Investigation and Experimentation /// 7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will: )


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