Reason for the Seasons

Young scientists examine why we have seasons on Earth, and how the motion of the Earth around the Sun causes them. Groups of learners are given a variety of balls, a bamboo stick, a marker, and a flashlight, then use the objects to demonstrate Earth's movement around the sun. A classic, and meaningful, science activity.

3rd - 5th Science 32 Views 32 Downloads
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Lesson Plans
Instructional Strategy
Inquiry-Based Learning
45 mins

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Lynn C.
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Lynn C., Teacher
Wakefield, RI