Bill Nye Video: Earth's Seasons

7th - 9th

In this earth's seasons worksheet, learners 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.

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Origins: Earth Is Born

Students develop a timeline of all the major events involved in the formation of the Earth and the emergence of humans. In groups, they focus on a specific topic by watching a PBS program and taking notes. After the video, they list their notes under the categories of facts, opinions, or hypothesises. To end the lesson, they work together to examine space micrometeorites.

Unit 2 Sun & Stars

Students describe stellar objects using terms such as stars, planets, satellites, orbits and light. In this sun and stars unit, students research stellar objects through seven individual lessons discovering star characteristics, how light and heat are important to living things, the differences among stellar objects, and the solar system.

Earth's Revolution and Rotation

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Pupils understand how the earths plates form mountains, islands etc. In this explorative lesson students identify the three categories of plate boundaries, study a video and discuss what they learned.

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