Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sun Says...

This is a great activity to do out on the ball field, if you have the opportunity.  If not, it works perfectly well in the classroom, though you may have to move a few desks around.

The students form a large circle - they are the planets.
You stand in the middle of the circle of the students - you are the sun.

You, as the sun, call out directions to the planets, your students.  There are three different directions, you can all them out in any order you please, as many times as you please.

The directions are:
--"Rotate" - the students spin around in one place
--"Revolve" - the students walk around the sun in their large circle
--"Rotate and Revolve" - the students do both of the above tasks at the same time.

It's a great way to help students learn and understand the difference between rotating and revolving.  It's simple enough for 3rd grade students and fun enough for middle school students (who always love a reason to be out of their seats). 


  1. Would you mind if I post this idea in our Multi-grade 3/4 unit on Planets? The students would love it.

  2. P.S. How do you add: Reactions: .... want to do this to the bottom of your posts? I never get many comments in my blog, and I think that is a lovely idea to get more feedback from the readers of my blog.

  3. Hi Deborah,
    You're more than welcome to share the idea.

    To add the "Reactions" (assuming you're using blogger): When you're at the dashboard, click on "Design". In the box labeled "Blog Posts", click on the word "Edit". The 8th option down is "Reactions". You can personalize any of it to fit your blog. Hope that makes sense - if not, send me an email and I'll try to help clarify.