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S undials. By Chloe Williamson. Looks like. It looks like a small table with a stick (called the gnomon) coming out of the top, tilted at an angle. Can be made of metal, stone or sometimes glass. S undials have a pattern on the table to tell the time.

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s undials

Sundials

By Chloe Williamson

looks like
Looks like
  • It looks like a small table with a stick (called the gnomon) coming out of the top, tilted at an angle.
  • Can be made of metal, stone or sometimes glass.
  • Sundials have a pattern on the table to tell the time.

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/sun/san5.html

http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0022-sundials.php

how does it work
How does it work?
  • Sundials show the time by where the shadow of the gnomon is on the sundial.
  • As the sun moves across the sky the shadow of the gnomon moves across the face of the sundial and shows the time on the pattern.
  • The pattern works like a face of a clock.

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/sun/san5.html

where can they be
Where can they be?
  • Sundials can be placed anywhere as long as there is direct sunlight.
  • Sundials in the northern hemisphere have to point the gnomon exactly north while in the southern hemisphere it has to point exactly south.
  • Some sundials can also be portable, meaning they can be moved around.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundial

http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0022-sundials.php

sundial facts
Sundial facts
  • Clock towers used to be checked that they were showing the right time by using a sundial.
  • In the olden days we had sundials but now we have clocks and watches which are much more portable and accurate.
  • The first sundial was made 5500 years ago.

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/sun/san5.html

http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0022-sundials.php

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