This lesson plan serves as an introduction to the ecliptic, the zodiac and the apparent motions of the Sun, Moon and planets across the sky. The objectives are to help the student know about the apparent motion of the Sun, Moon and planets across the sphere of fixed stars (celestial sphere) and understand that the reason all of these objects travel along very similar paths is that the solar system is flat and disk-shaped and that the Earth orbits the Sun counterclockwise (seen from the North Pole), which is also the direction in which the other planets and the Moon travel around the Sun, and in addition, the Earth also rotates in a counterclockwise sense around its own axis.


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