Medicine Wheel Activities

Sun Track Diorama

solar season model
Photo and Native American design by Ginger Armstrong

Model of the tracks of the Sun at the equinoxes and solstices, developed by Deborah Scherrer. Instructions

My program was a guided walk through the park and the topic was the winter solstice. ... I copied a diorama used by Dr. and Mrs. Scherrer during the training that demonstrated the sun's position in the sky at different times of the year. This became my most effective teaching tool. Everyone loved the diorama!" Cidney Webster, National Park Service

Foamboard and Pebble Medicine Wheel Model

foam board and pebble Medicine Wheel model
Photo by Ben Buress, Chabot Space and Science Center

A foamboard and pebble model of the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, developed by Shannon Lee from Dr. Jack Eddy's diagram. You can design this for yourself!

Dr. Jack Eddy's Medicine Wheel diagram.

Schoolyard Medicine Wheel

schoolyard medicine
Build a Schoolyard Medicine Wheel

Designed by the Chabot Space and Science Center, you can make a schoolyard "medicine wheel" with sidewalk chalk oon playground asphalt.

Reasons for the Seasons

National Geographic activitiy

The Reasons for the Seasons
A National Geographic activity to use a piece of round fruit and a flashlight to investigate the Sun'sintesity on the surface of the Earth.

A Large and Elaborate Sun Wheel at UMass

UMASS medicine wheel
Photograph by Judy Young

Professor Judith S. Young at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has built a standing-stones based medicine wheel on the university campus. See What is a Sunwheel?

A Medicine Wheel at Marcus Whitman High School in Rushville, NY

A medicine wheel constructed by teachers
Photo taken by Al Suffredini
A medicine wheel 28 feet in diameter, constructed by Pete Saracino and John Fiori, teachers at Marcus Whitman High School in Rushville, New York.
Featured on Earth Science Picture of the Day

VCSU's Medicine Wheel

VCSU medicine wheel

Dr. Joe Stickler at the Department of Science, Valley City State University in Valley City, ND and his 1992 Astronomy class built their own medicine wheel.
See Valley City State University Medicine Wheel

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