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- Day and Night on the World Right Now - A short list of the best sites on the web which provide live camera shots of places around the world. You can see who is having day or night right now.
- K-3 Lessons on shadows - Some science exercises related to the Sun, shadows, and time.
- 4-6 Lessons on Shadows - - Some more advanced science exercises related to the Sun, shadows, and time.
- Virtual Sun - Cool movies and diagrams about the Sun.
- Celestial Geometry - Fairly advanced but interesting web-based geometry lectures on the Earth and the Sun.
- Time - A short discussion about angles, the Sun, and time.
- Sighting Angular Size - Project for 4-6 grades to gain an understanding of angular measurement and how it is used for things
such as surveying and astronomy.
The students will also develop an appreciation for the technology used in creating ancient and
modern scientific instruments.
- Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott. Harper Collins, 1989. A Pueblo Indian tale about how Sun came to Earth.
- The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. Harper Collins,1986. A funny story about a ladybug who tries to pick fights with everything he sees. The artwork provides good visuals for both the arc of the Sun during the day, and size and scale of animals.
- How the Sun was Brought Back to Sky by Mirra Ginsburg. Scribners, 1961.
- Sun's Up by Teryl Evvremer. Crown, 1987.
- Day the Sun Disappeared by John Hamberger. Norton, 1964.
- The Sun's Day by Modrdicai Gerstein. Harper Collins, 1989.
- Sun Up, Sun Down by Gail Gibbons. Harcourt, 1983. A nice introduction to the Sun, but beware of an error regarding the length on one's shadow in summertime.
- The Earth and Sky A First Discovery Book. Scholastic Inc.
- The Sun Dancer: World Myths and Legends II - Central America. Simon and
- How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun: Keepers of the Earth,
Native American Stories by Joseph Bruchac. Fulcrum, Inc., Colorado. 1989.
- Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky by Elphinstone Dayrell. Scholastic, 1968. A cute African folktale about the friendship between Water and Sun and how this caused Sun and his wife Moon to move to the sky.
- Ancient Solar Time Keeping - Carl's lessons on how to tell time using the Sun in the way of the old Norse farmers.
- Word Lore - Carl's lessons on exploring words we use in this curriculum, such as where did the word "Sun" come from, or what is the difference between "daylight" and "day"?
- The Story of Gylfi - Carl has translated portions of the Prose Edda which include the story of a king who goes to the gods in search of answers about the nature of the world.
- Nature Folklore and Customs - A difficult to read site, however, it is packed with interesting tidbits about how people through history have considered the Sun, Moon, stars, rain, etc.
- Chinese Moon Festivals and Lore - A great site with information about customs related to the Moon.
- Mythology - A beautiful site about astronomical mythology. Includes sites for kids and teachers, and loads of stories. Probably the best first stop on the web for astronomy mythology.
- Legends of Forever - An extremely amazing site about Sun legends around the world. There are a few steps to go through to enter the site, but once in, it is worth it. You can click on any part of the world map and enter different cultures. Be prepared to have a screen full of windows, because this site is dynamic.
- Solar Folklore - A fabulous index of folklore, legends, and myths about the Sun. This site is part of a large Solar Home Page from Stanford University.
- The Story of the MoonCoyote - A modern myth about the origin of the Moon. This is in a set of stories of Tanais the Fox by Clive Grace.
- Clytie - A myth on the origin of Sun Flowers.
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