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. They identify their equators and north poles as reference points and note what comes into view in different positions as they turn. You will certainly want to check out the other lessons that make use of the kinesthetic astronomy setup put out by the same publisher.
The Earth's Rotation
Learners 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.
What Makes Day and Night? The Earth's Rotation
Pupils discover that the Earth rotates on its axis in a cyclical fashion. They examine how this rotation results in day and night.
Young scholars explore the Earth and its rotation. Volunteers model the sun-Earth system to demonstrate that the Earth rotates around the sun. In groups, students simulate "traveling" around the sun and discuss when it is night and day.
The Four Seasons - Earth's Rotation
Students identify characteristics in correlation with each season and identify dates of the changing seasons. They identify and describe how the Earth rotates around the sun and its effects on the temperatures of the earth.
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.
Our Super Star
Students observe that the Sun appears to move in predictable patterns and determine how the Earth's rotation cause night and day. They design solar cookers and prepare s'mores with their creations. Students also create models of the solar sytems using Styrofoam balls.
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.
The Earth Rotates Through Days
Third graders explain how the Earth rotates. In this instructional activity on day and night, the students use a globe and flashlight to experiment with the idea that only half of the Earth can be lit by the sun at a time.
Earth Turns? Prove It!
Students construct a pendulum using a washer and thin fishing line. For 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.
The Coriolis Effect
Students will determine the direction of Earth's rotation as viewed from the north and south if they were suspended out in space. They will model how the rotation of the Earth causes currents to be deflected in different directions for the northern and southern hemispheres. Also learners will compare their lab data with real surface currents found in the Earth's oceans.
Students extend their understanding of convection to consider global winds and the effect of the earth's rotation on the creation of patterns of prevailing wind direction.
The Celestial Sphere and Circumpolar Motion
Students investigate the celestial sphere and circumpolar motion. In this science lesson, students view an applet, The Celestial Sphere and Circumpolar Motion. Students discuss the Earth's rotation and stellar movement.
Students identify and define the vocabulary words: summer, spring, fall, and rotation. They describe how the earth's rotation affects the seasons. Students match appropriate clothing with each season. They discuss why a particular season in their favorite. Students create a slideshow with the teacher guidance.
Students explore the four seasons through literature, art activities and technology and explore how the earth's rotation around the sun results in the occurrence of the four seasons.
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.
To Infinity And Beyond: A Unit on Space
Students examine relationship between universe, galaxies and solar systems, discuss what life might be like on other planets of our solar system, and explore how our lives would change if Earth's rotation, revolution, or position in the solar system changed.
The Earth Rotates
Third graders model how the Earth rotates around the Sun. In this lesson on the solar system, 3rd graders explore the idea that the Sun and stars are not moving - we are. Students are given materials to help them demonstrate for the class how the Earth rotates around the Sun.
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. Have pupils stand in a circular path to represent Earth's orbit, then show them how to move to imitate Earth's motions, being mindful of the maturity of your little spinners! Find other related lessons using the kinesthetic circle setup by the same publisher.
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.