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Let’s put together a sundial today! Get a marker, paper plate, pencil, scissors, and a piece of paper. Draw a clock face on the paper with equally spaced numbers from 1 to 12. Cut out your clock face and glue it to the back of the paper plate. Punch a hole in the middle of it and stick a pencil through the hole and head outdoors.
Position your sundial with the number 12 pointing North to determine the current time. Make sure the pencil is firmly standing straight.

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A sundial is an outdoor device used to tell time by the sun. Nearly every sundial has two basic parts: a pointer, called a style or gnomon, that casts a shadow, and a numbered dial on which the shadow falls, that shows the hour.

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