YOU ARE STARS!
Check out some of the stars drawn yesterday....
(click on the images to make them larger)
QUESTION: What is the closest star to Earth?
ANSWER: The Sun
QUESTION: Is the Sun always in the same place in the sky?
ANSWER: Let's find out!!!!
WARNING: NEVER LOOK STRAIGHT AT THE SUN...IT CAN BLIND YOU
Hopefully today is a sunny day. This means the star nearest to us (the Sun) is not hidden by clouds. This means that we can make some observations to help us understand a little more about our Earth and the Sun. This investigation is an all day investigation - it is best set up early - and then visited several times during the day, ideally every hour - maybe 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm....
You Will Need
(You could also do a mini version using a pen or pencil on a piece of paper outside)
What You Will Do
(You could also do a mini version using a pen or pencil as the stick on a piece of paper outside)
We will discuss what happens later this afternoon.
Click below to watch the teaching video and pause when it asks you to answer the questions. Answer the questions in your Exercise Book at the Maths end.
Today we are going to use computer animation to create a model of the Earth orbiting the Sun.
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Below is the animation I made:
It's time to think about our observations. We have been tracking shadows all day. Have a close look?
What have you noticed?
In your Exercise Book at the English end you could write this investigation up.
Use the title:
The Sun in the Sky
Use the sub-headings:
What I Used
What I Did
What I Observed - you could draw a picture here of your experiment. (you could send me a photo?)
So, what did you observe? Did the shadow move? Did the shadow change in length? Did the shadow move in the same direction?
What This Tells Me
Now here comes the being a scientist bit.... the shadow moved....why? It is either because the Earth stays still and the sun moves in the sky OR because the Sun stays still in one spot and the Earth is moving. Using what you know about the Sun and the planet Earth which do you think you have just proved?
The video below will help you to understand:
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