Earth's Rotation Teacher Resources
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Kinesthetic Astronomy: Earth's Rotation
After completing the activity, "Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year," zoom in on Earth's rotation using the same simulation setup and this outline. Each class member dons a map of the Western Hemisphere and plays the part of Earth as it rotates on its axis.
3rd - 8th Science 61 Views 52 Downloads
The Earth's Rotation
Students see a model of a globe to watch the Earth rotate. In this Earth lesson, students rotate the globe and shine a flashlight to see where the sun shines and how it rises and sets. They create a diagram and explain day and night in their journals.
3rd - 5th Science 14 Views 67 Downloads
Why do Stars Rise in the East?
In this stars rise in the east instructional activity, students use geometry to show how the Earth rotates from west to east and why celestial bodies appear to rise in the east and set in the west. Students draw a figure and label given points in order to solve 6 problems and construct a proof.
8th - 10th Math 16 Views 86 Downloads
Earth Turns? Prove It!
Students construct a pendulum using a washer and thin fishing line. In this earth science lesson, students simulate Earth's rotation using the pendulum bob and swivel chair. They explain how this activity proves that the Earth is indeed rotating.
6th - 12th Science 8 Views 153 Downloads
Day And Night: Interdisciplinary Study of Cyclic Change
Eighth graders conduct a "Length of Day Symposium." They complete a variety of activities and explorations regarding the earth's rotation, its revolution around the sun and the cyclic changes in climate and energy distribution on the surface of the Earth.
8th Science 4 Views 17 Downloads
Earth's Rotation Changes and the Length of the Day
In this Earth's rotation and day length worksheet, students are given a table with the period of geological time, the age of the Earth and the total days per year. Students calculate the number of hours per day in each geological era, they plot the number of hours lost versus the number of years before current time and they find the slope of their plot to see how the length of the day has increased over time.
7th - 10th Math 14 Views 133 Downloads
Astronomy: Earth's Rotation
Fifth graders examine the effects of the Earth's rotation and revolution on life and climate. Using a paper wad around a pencil and moving it around a light bulb, they observe the effects of the planet's revolution around the sun. Students write essays explaining the effects of revolution and slant on the temperatures and seasons of the Earth.
5th Science 3 Views 22 Downloads
Our Restless Planet
Learners examine the topic of the Earth's rotation, revolution, and orbit. They observe teacher-led demonstrations, explore various websites, write journal entries, conduct a demonstration of why Earth experiences day and night, and create a PowerPoint presentation.
3rd - 5th Science 11 Views 68 Downloads
Earth's Movement in Space
Learners explain how the Earth's tilt and rotation causes night and day. In this earth science lesson, students determine how seasonal changes are caused by Earth's revolution. They play a jeopardy team game at the end of the unit to review concepts learned.
7th - 8th Science 35 Views 218 Downloads
Seasons and Day Time
Learners label a diagram of the Earth rotating about the sun and indicate the direction of the rotation and the seasons at each location. They indicate the seasons, the poles, the hours of daylight at each pole, the direction of rotation of the Earth and they draw pictures to indicate specific locations of the sun at noon.
8th - 10th Science 11 Views 197 Downloads
Day and Night
Expand your third graders' universe with a science activity about Earth's rotation. They read a short explanation about the direction of sunlight, then draw an arrow to indicate which way the sun is pointed at an illustration of the earth. For additional practice, have kids shine a flashlight at a globe and write about their observations.
3rd - 4th Science 7 Views 27 Downloads
Night Here, Day There
Explore astronomy with a lab sheet for fifth grade scientists. After reading a short explanation about the earth's rotation, they solve a word problem about the differences in times across the world. Next, they make a model of the solar system using a flashlight as the sun.
3rd - 5th Science 6 Views 26 Downloads
The Night Sky
Third graders develop questions they have about the solar system. After being read a book, they view and discuss different constellations in the sky. In groups, they are given a piece of butcher paper and glow in the dark crayons in which they draw specific constellations.
3rd Math 3 Views 9 Downloads
Reason for the Seasons
Young scientists examine why we have seasons on Earth, and how the motion of the Earth around the Sun causes them. Groups of learners are given a variety of balls, a bamboo stick, a marker, and a flashlight, then use the objects to demonstrate Earth's movement around the sun.
3rd - 5th Science 3 Views 5 Downloads
Individual Sundial (Cloud/Rain Activity)
Students make a simple sundial to examine the changes in shadows over time. In this sundial and shadow instructional activity, students make a simple sundial out of a manila folder and pencil. They observe how shadows change over time, and relate it to the Earth's rotation and local time.
4th - 5th Science 3 Views 1 Download