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 83 Views 62 Downloads
Why do Stars Rise in the East?
In this stars rise in the east worksheet, 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 17 Views 87 Downloads
Study Jams! A Day on Earth
It's good thing that it isn't up to RJ to spin the earth on its axis; he can't even keep a basketball spinning! In this video animation, he and viewers learn about Earth's movements in space. One thing to consider before you use this resource; however, is the use of the word rotation.
4th - 8th Science 4 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 17 Views 202 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 10 Views 30 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 10 Views 28 Downloads
Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year
How many times have you traveled around the sun? Aspiring astronomers grasp what a year is and they differentiate between orbit and rotation by walking around the sun right within your classroom. Place a lamp in the center of the room to represent the sun.
3rd - 8th Science 20 Views 17 Downloads
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Birthday Stars
Space explorers take a virtual trip around the sun right within your classroom! They stand in a circle facing away from the "sun" (a lamp) in the center of the room. As they move according to your instructions, they view different constellations that you have posted around the room.
3rd - 8th Science 38 Views 24 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 19 Views 70 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 15 Views 134 Downloads
Sun and Shadows
Why do shadows look different in the summer than in the winter? What causes day and night? How can a sundial be used to tell time? Answer these questions and more through two engaging lessons about light and shadows. Fourth and fifth graders investigate, write, and build a sundial in their pursuit to learn about some of the sun's effects on the earth.
4th - 5th Language Arts 46 Views 28 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 5 Views 18 Downloads
Modeling the Seasons
Junior geologists become the force that makes the world go around! With a lamp on the floor in the middle of the room to represent the sun, volunteers hold a globe, revolve, and rotate. Observers notice how the light hitting the globe changes.
5th - 8th Science 12 Views 106 Downloads
The Earth and Beyond
Photographs and graphics bring the solar system and Earth to life in this presentation. Viewers are taken on a virtual field trip, beginning with the sun and planet placement, and proceeding through both Earth and the moon's movements. They survey what makes a day, what causes seasons, and why the moon appears to change shape.
5th - 7th Science 19 Views 121 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 17 Views 72 Downloads
Earth Turns? Prove It!
Young scholars 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 11 Views 157 Downloads
Fourth graders investigate the Earth's rotation. In this Earth's rotation instructional activity, 4th graders realize that the rotation of Earth causes the days and nights on Earth. Students break into groups and use a flashlight and a sphere to simulate our day and night cycle.
4th Science 3 Views 46 Downloads