Teaching Through Trade Books: Sunrise, Sunset by: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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The next time you watch the Sun rise; take a minute to think about what’s really going on. You are standing on a giant ball of rock that is hurtling through space, and the spot where you are standing is rotating in the direction of a star 93 million miles away! It makes a beautiful sunrise seem even more amazing. In this month’s trade book-inspired K–2 lesson, students observe the pattern the Sun follows as it appears to move across the sky, and in the 3–6 lesson, students model day and night and explore the need for different time zones on Earth.

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  • on Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:39 AM

This resource is an excellent introduction to the movement of planetary bodies with a focus on the sun. It includes two lessons each relating to the movement of the sun and how it relates to us on earth. Each lesson is well explained and is open to adjustment by the teacher. These can be combined with other lessons for max efficiency in understanding planetary movement.

Matt  (Columbia, Maryland)
Matt (Columbia, Maryland)

  • on Mon May 02, 2011 9:53 PM

Reinforce the 5E model for students while providing a rich experiment activity. This lesson plan takes some pre-planning, scheduling and even 'cooking' time to set up the materials and flow, but it is worth it if you carry through the concept and skill development laid out by the authors. I used this lesson once my classroom routine was established and we had developed an understanding of basic lab safety and expectations. It was a great way to move from labs which focused on the mechanics of the lab activity to one in which the thinking and demonstration of process skills was key.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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