How the Sun Shows Direction
I F I should ask, "Which is the way to your home?" who could tell me what I mean?
You all know which way you must go to find your home, but if you should wish to go to a place where you have never been, you would ask, perhaps, "Which way is it?"
The way to a place is called direction. In order to find a place, we must know in what direction from us it lies, and we have names for directions, such as north, south, east, and west. We may know these directions by seeing where the sun is.
Did you ever see the sun rise? Point to the place where you saw the sun rise. The direction in which the sun seems to rise is called the east.
Did you ever see the sun set? Point to where you saw the sun set. The direction in which the sun seems to set is called the west. The west is just the opposite direction from east.
When do we see the sun rise? Where do we see the sun rise? What is the name of this direction? When do we see the sun set? Where do we see it set? What is the name of this direction? On which side of the schoolroom does the sun rise? On which side does it set? Which is the east side of your desk? Which the west side?
When coming to school this morning, in what direction did you see the sun? If we walk so that the morning sun shines in our faces, in what direction are we going? What direction is behind us?
Now that you know the east, you will be able to find other directions in this way: Stretch out your arms so that your right hand points toward the east, and your left hand toward the west. You are now facing the north. The direction behind you is the south.
Write the following on your slates:
The sun seems to rise toward the east, and set toward the west. The west is just the opposite direction from the east.
When my right hand is pointing to the east, and my left hand to the west, my face is toward the north and my back is toward the south.
Which is the north side of the schoolroom? Which is the south side? Who sits to the north of you? To the south?
In what direction do the pupils face? On which side of your schoolroom is the teacher's table? Which sides have no windows? Which sides have no doors?
If a room has a fireplace in the middle of the east side, which side of the room faces the fire? Suppose the wind is blowing from the north, in what direction will the smoke go?
In what direction from the schoolhouse is the playground?
What is the first street or road north of the school? The first street or road east? South? West?
In what direction is your home from the school? The school from your home? The nearest church from the school? The post office from your home?