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.
In this stars rise in the east 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Students 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.
Students 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. To end the lesson, they discuss the rotation of the Earth and moons.
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. A classic, and meaningful, science activity.
Fifth graders investigate the Earth's rotation and revolution and the moon's orbit around the Earth. They participate in a class discussion about how night and day occur, and take notes. Next, they watch a video about the solar system and take a quiz.
Learners make a simple sundial to examine the changes in shadows over time. In this sundial and shadow lesson, 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.