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.

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Earth Science

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!

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.

Earth's Movement in Space

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.

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.

The Sun: Earth's External Heat Engine Part 1 of the Astronomy Model

Students 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.

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.

Cosmic Wheels

Students 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 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. 

The Trip Around the Sun

Sixth graders investigate the relationship between the tilt of the Earth's axis and the seasons. For this earth science lesson, 6th graders sing the song "Why Do We Have Seasons" and use simulate the Earth's tilt by using their bodies.


Students are introduced to the four seasons. They participate in activities that deal with each time of the year. They collect magazine pictures that correspond with the season being discussed.

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