Ch 26: Celestial Time & Navigation Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Celestial Time and Navigation chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach astronomical timekeeping and celestial navigation in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Celestial Time and Navigation chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Units of TimeSolar/sidereal day, synodic/idereal month, tropic/solar year
Tuesday Apparent and mean solar timeHow apparent and mean solar time differ, the relation of mean solar time to standard time, daylight saving time and universal time
Wednesday Leap yearsOrigin and purpose of leap years
Thursday Tropics of Cancer and CapricornThe sun's path at the tropics and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles
FridayGlobal Position System (GPS)How GPS works and ways it can be used

5 Lessons in Chapter 26: Celestial Time & Navigation Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Units of Time: Solar, Sidereal & Synodic

1. Units of Time: Solar, Sidereal & Synodic

This lesson will define solar day, sidereal day, synodic month, sidereal month, solar (tropical) year, and sidereal year, as well as tell you their exact lengths. After you've watched the video, take our brief quiz.

Apparent Solar Time vs. Mean Solar Time

2. Apparent Solar Time vs. Mean Solar Time

This lesson will discuss the concept of the solar day and how long it is. You'll also learn what mean solar time, apparent solar time, time zones, and standard time have to do with it all.

The Origin & Purpose of Leap Years

3. The Origin & Purpose of Leap Years

This lesson will explain what the leap year is, why it was instituted, and why we bother using it compared to an alternative calendar that would mimic the solar year exactly.

Importance of the Tropic of Cancer & the Tropic of Capricorn

4. Importance of the Tropic of Cancer & the Tropic of Capricorn

In this lesson, you'll learn about the significance of the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, and how they help explain the hot weather in the tropical zone and the cold weather above and below the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, respectively.

The Global Positioning System and Its Uses

5. The Global Positioning System and Its Uses

This lesson will describe the global positioning system: who invented it, who runs it, how GPS works based on satellites and handheld units, and the many different uses for GPS. After you've completed this lesson, check out the quiz questions that follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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