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Students explain that it is not the distance from the sun that dictates the seasons, but the tilt of the earth as it rotates around the sun. They perform a simple experiment using a lightbulb and a globe.
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Shadows, Angles, and the Seasons
Shine some light on the topic of seasonal change with this collection of activities. Whether it's by measuring the change in the length of their shadows, or modeling the earth's orbit around the sun using a lamp and a globe, these simple...
3rd - 7th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Predicting Whether the Weather is Good for the Garden
Can your class predict the weather? Show them how they can come close with a lesson about creating weather instruments, including weather vanes, barometers, wind socks, anemometers, and thermometers. Kids research weather patterns and...
Reasons for the Seasons
Considering the shape of Earth's orbit and the tilt of its axis, viewers see why seasons occur on the planet. Additional resources that come with the video include a discussion idea, multiple-choice Think questions, and Dig Deeper links...
5 mins 5th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review It's Not Easy Being Grizz
Grizzly bears can be up to 600 pounds and require a great deal of food, especially to survive hibernation. Comprised of multiple games, the third lesson of five only uses one setup. Pupils run around a large field, sorting and collecting...
7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Our Tilted Earth: The Story Behind the Seasons!
Why do some areas experience more extreme seasons than others? Scholars to explore this question with an inquiry-based lesson and a hands-on activity. Collaborative groups team up to collect temperature data using a globe, flashlight,...
7th - 8th Science