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Time is an abstract concept for many elementary students. Add to that the idea that the position of the objects in the sky—Sun, Moon, etc.—changes over the course of the day, and you have a mix ripe for confusion and potential misconceptions. In the following lesson, children have the opportunity to make multiple observations of the Sun’s location in the sky throughout the school day. Such observations help students recognize changes in the sky, notice the repeating pattern of the Sun’s location from day to day, and deepen their understanding of the abstract concept of time.