Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge Activities

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This lesson plan provides learners with two activities to explore the connections between events in their lives and the seasons of the year. Learners follow lists of instructions and create diagrams to visualize these connections. This lesson plan includes activity instructions and answer keys.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • Drawing paper
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Protractor (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Days
      • Seasons
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Planets
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Circles
    • Number and Operations
      • Fractions
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • NASA


  • Public domain, ,