Earth's Rotation Teacher Resources
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Kinesthetic Astronomy: Earth's RotationLesson Planet
3rd - 8th
After completing the activity, "Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year," zoom in on Earth's rotation using the same simulation setup and this outline. Each class member dons a map of the Western Hemisphere and plays the part of...
Earth's Rotation Changes and the Length of the DayLesson Planet
7th - 10th
In this Earth's rotation and day length worksheet, students are given a table with the period of geological time, the age of the Earth and the total days per year. Students calculate the number of hours per day in each geological era,...
Study Jams! A Day on EarthLesson Planet
4 mins 4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
It's good thing that it isn't up to RJ to spin the earth on its axis; he can't even keep a basketball spinning! In this video animation, he and viewers learn about Earth's movements in space. One thing to consider before you use this...
The Leap Second ExplainedLesson Planet
2 mins 10th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Everyone's heard of leap years ... but what about leap seconds? Young scientists get acquainted with one of humankind's most awkward standard measurements with a short video from a PBS playlist covering space and time measurement. The...
What If the Earth Were Hollow?Lesson Planet
4 mins 9th - 12th
Man has dreamed of outer space travel for hundreds of years...but, what about inner-Earth travel? Could it work? Young scientists explore the notion of jumping into a hole through Earth and the factors that affect the journey, such as...
Weather Watch Activity Guide: Groundhog DayLesson Planet
K - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Exactly what do groundhogs know about weather? Not as much as your science students will after completing these lessons and activities that cover everything from the earth's rotation and the creation of shadows, to cloud...
Individual Sundial (Cloud/Rain Activity)Lesson Planet
4th - 5th
Students make a simple sundial to examine the changes in shadows over time. In this sundial and shadow instructional activity, students make a simple sundial out of a manila folder and pencil. They observe how shadows change over time,...