Seasons on Earth and Mars

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Winter, spring, summer, and fall—Earth experiences them all! But what about Mars? Scholars compare the planets in terms of distance, tilt, and rotation during a lesson from PBS's Space series. Great visual models of Earth and Mars, plus interesting reading and questions, engage young minds from start to finish.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Preface the interactive with a related lesson that explains the changing of the seasons on Earth
  • Assign a creative writing exercise where students describe a year on Mars and discuss what the seasons would be like
Classroom Considerations

  • Point out that the images of Earth and Mars are not drawn to scale, as this could confuse learners

  • The lesson is simple to customize based upon the needs of the class
  • Printable resources help reinforce the fundamental parts of the activity

  • None
Common Core