Earth's Rotation Teacher Resources
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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.
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.
Students discover that the Earth rotates on its axis in a cyclical fashion. They examine how this rotation results in day and night.
Students 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.
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.
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.
Third graders explain how the Earth rotates. In this lesson plan 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.
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.
For 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.
Students explore the Earth's rotation and revolution using an online simulator. For this earth science lesson, students relate how the Earth's tilt and position affect climate and seasons. They complete worksheets during the simulation.
Students act out the Earth's rotation around the sun. They investigate the Earth's positions and shadows with compasses and thermometers. They research the use of fossil fuels and solar energy. They build a solar cooker that can cook an egg.
Fifth graders explore the effects of Earth's rotation. They simulate Earth's rotation using models of the Earth and sun to study the effects of rotation by noticing shadows produced on the models. Students make observations and record them.
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.
Students use diagrams to review how the Earth rotates around the sun. In groups, they use the same diagrams to explain how the sun shadows are produced and how they differ between seasons. They describe the Earth's rotation and revolution processes to end the lesson.
Young scholars 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.
Pupils investigate the celestial sphere and circumpolar motion. In this science lesson, students view an applet, The Celestial Sphere and Circumpolar Motion. Pupils discuss the Earth's rotation and stellar movement.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars create a slideshow with the teacher guidance.
Young scholars 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.
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.