Winter Solstice Teacher Resources

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In this winter solstice worksheet, learners read a detailed text about the winter solstice and the historical and religious significance of this day. Students then complete a 15 question fill-in-the-blank and true/false worksheet.
Learners read an article about Winter Solstice celebrations. They consider the symbolism of evergreens in winter and how different cultures have used evergreens in winter celebrations throughout history.
Students understand, and participate in, both the historical and scientific aspects of this year's celebrations by introducing them to a selection of activities.
In this recognizing the seasons online/interactive worksheet, students explore the Earth's positions and determine the summer and winter season. Students answer 21 short answer questions
Students examine the winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice. They define key vocabulary terms, read an article, complete a chart, and create a new holiday.
Students examine the moon phases and sunrise-sunset time as they study the variability of daylight hours. They discover why the number of daylight hours varies throughout the year. They discover the meaning of winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice and fall equinox.
Over several months, astronomy learners record length and position of an outdoor object's shadow, such as a flagpole. Ideally this activity would be continued throughout the entire school year and the data applied to a instructional activity on Earth's tilt. The outline is well-written and a data sheet is included. It is one of a terrific five-part mini-unit called, "Reasons for Seasons," which you can get to from this website.
In this daylight hours worksheet, students will study illustrations showing the length of day at every 10-degrees of latitude for the winter and summer solstices. Students will complete 4 short answer questions based on the illustrations.
Students learn about the Christmas season through music, research, and other activities.
Twelfth graders explore an application of integration.  In this Calculus lesson, 12th graders explore the length of the day where they live during the winter and summer solstice.  Students are provided with data relating to the solstices at various latitudes.  Students use the symbolic capacity of the TI-89 to find a regression equation and interpolate date from the equation using integration. 
Students study customs of various winter holidays. In this holiday lesson, students read the book The Reasons for the Seasons and complete a winter glyph. Students use graphing software to create a chart of the holidays that are celebrated.
Students recognize the change of the seasons by way of modeling the Earth-Sun system. They model the orbit of the earth around the sun and explore how and why the patterns of winter and summer occur.
This activity will help your class understand the path of the sun across the sky at different times of the year.  The fifteen questions ask them to examine the movement of the sun and appearance of the sky around their personal location.
Students engage in a lesson that investigates finding the dates of the solstices and equinoxes. They define the terms related to the concept and conduct research in order to explain the physical occurrences. They also relate to how the solstices and equinoxes relate to the seasons on Earth.
Middle schoolers identify the dates of the solstices and equinoxes and how they relate to the various seasons on Earth. After discussing how the solstice and equinox affect the seasons, students use their bodies to demonstrate the how each equinox and solstice begins and ends.
In this winter instructional activity, students read a 2 paragraph passage on winter and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 5 questions.
Young scholars investigate the elliptical orbit around the Sun. They use the information gathered to measure the distance to the Sun from the closest orbital point and the farthest orbital point.
Sixth graders use Internet research to find out about holidays based on the winter solstice, Christmas, and Christmas traditions around the world. They create a PowerPoint presentation about what they learned.
In this sinusoidal model worksheet, students use the sinusoidal model to solve word problems about the hours of daylight in Anchorage, Alaska. Students complete 5 problems.
High schoolers examine how the link between the tilt of the Earth's axis to the ecliptic and seasons of the year--length of day, effectiveness of sunlight, polar day and night, and seasons south and north of the equator, as well as near it.

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