Bill Nye Video: Earth's Seasons
7th - 9th
For 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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- Durham, NC