New! Bill Nye Video: Earth's Seasons
7th - 9th
In this earth's seasons worksheet, students answer fill in the blank questions after seeing Bill Nye's video. Topics include the rotation of the earth around the sun, the tilt of the earth, the time zones and sunlight.
The Sun: Earth's External Heat Engine - Part 1 of the Astronomy Model
Designed by School Power...NaturallySM, this lesson familiarizes advanced earth science and physics learners about the variables that affect our supply of solar energy. They examine gas spectra and perform calculations. There is an abundance of learning to experience within the 24 pages of this resource!
The Sun: Earth's External Heat Engine Part 1 of the Astronomy Model
Young scholars become familiar with the variables that control Earth's solar energy supply. They explore the source and nature of solar energy, the genesis of radiation, and the structrue of the Sun, gas spectra are observed and sample astronomical spectra are analyzed.
Energy for Earth: The Sun
Super science learners examine the sun's production of energy by the process of nuclear fusion. Hands-on activities make this lesson engaging for middle schoolers. The lesson is made up of four parts. Part I is an introduction to the sun as an energy source and has pupils view it throug a pinhole viwer. Part II is a homework assigment. Parts III and IV examine potential and kinetic energy, relating it to radiation from the sun.
Learners build a scale model of the Solar System and determine the time other planets take to travel around the Sun in comparison to the time of the Earth's revolution. The velocity of the planets are also determined in this lesson plan.
Earth's Revolution and Rotation
Eighth graders investigate the regular motions of the sun, Earth and the moon and explain how these are related to days, years, seasons, eclipses, tides and moon cycles. They participate in an exercise where they explore the similarities and differences of these predictable motions.
Sky Time: On the Astronomical Meaning of the Day, Year and Seasons
Students simulate the movement of the Earth using their body motion. In this earth science lesson plan, students explain how this causes seasonal changes on Earth.
Reasons for Seasons
Students investigate a model of the tilt of the Earth in its relationship to the Sun during the different seasons of the year. They study the solstices and equinoxes, while determining how sunlight hits the Earth with different angles in different locations. Finally, they determine the causal factors for seasonal change.
Evolution of a Planetary System
Students build star centers and perform experiments to evaluate the properties of stars. Using a radiometer, they make calculations and record their data on a class chart.
Earth's Movement in Space
Learners explain how the Earth's tilt and rotation causes night and day. For 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.
Earth's Revolution and Rotation
Eighth graders study the motions of the sun, Earth and moon. In this Earth's rotation lesson students explain how these are related to the days, years, seasons, eclipses, tides and moon cycles.
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