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Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year

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How many times have you traveled around the sun? Aspiring astronomers grasp what a year is and they differentiate between orbit and rotation by walking around the sun right within your classroom. Place a lamp in the center of the room to represent the sun. Have pupils stand in a circular path to represent Earth's orbit, then show them how to move to imitate Earth's motions, being mindful of the maturity of your little spinners! Find other related lessons using the kinesthetic circle setup by the same publisher.

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  • Part of a series of lessons on the movement of different solar system features
  • Kinesthetic aspect keeps children participating and focused
  • Can be used to address Next Generation Science Standards
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