Winter Solstice Teacher Resources
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Exploring Seasonal Shadows and Sunlight
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 lesson on Earth's tilt.
5th - 8th Science 3 Views 28 Downloads
The History of Christmas Trees, Part One
Young scholars 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.
1st - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 26 Downloads
Sun, Earth, and Moon: Calendar of Events
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.
4th - 6th Science 12 Views 52 Downloads
Determining Hours of Daylight
In this daylight hours activity, 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.
5th - 8th Science 3 Views 24 Downloads
Winter and Summer Storms Scenarios
Fourth graders discover the patterns that create summer and winter storms. Working in groups, they create model storms for summer and winter. Students discuss the reasons why summer storms and winter storms are different and explain the patterns that create each type of storm.
4th Science 3 Views 10 Downloads
From Light to Dark and Back
Experiment with light and dark in a series of interactive activities that lead up to reading and writing poetry. Class members have the opportunity to observe their feelings while sitting in the light and dark and to play with shadow before reading a series of poems that relate to lightness and darkness.
9th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Sands of Time
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.
12th Math 3 Views 4 Downloads
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.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 40 Downloads
Happy 14th B’ak’tun, the start of the next Great Mayan cycle
The ancient Mayans had a complex calendar and number system with a rich history. In fact, the date 12/21/2012 was the center of much controversy as to whether or not it was the end of time. It wasn't the end of time, but it was the end of a Mayan calendar cycle as well as the inspiration for this worksheet.
5th - 9th Math 31 Views 75 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review A Holiday Tradition: Which Christmas Tree Will You Choose?
Different varieties of Christmas trees provide an interesting way to combine social studies, science, math, and technology. Class members not only research the history of the Christmas tree holiday tradition, they compare and contrast different types evergreens, determine the ratio of tree height to shadow length, and plot the growing areas of various varieties.
3rd - 4th Math 3 Views 0 Downloads
The Reasons for the Seasons
A fabulous, 11-page packet of worksheets await your young scientists! They use a globe and a light to simulate the rotation of the earth and sun to show the seasons. Additionally, they simulate direct sunlight and indirect sunlight showing intensity of the sun, and answer questions based on their results.
7th - 10th Science 85 Views 460 Downloads