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The Seasons

Discover the change of the seasons by modeling the Earth-Sun system. Learners model the orbit of the Earth around the sun and explore how and why the patterns of winter and summer occur.

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Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson explains that although it is designed for eighth and ninth grades, it is adaptable for younger grades
  • Requires several materials for implementation, including index cards, masking tape, and a flashlight or laser pointer
Pros

  • Provides links to informational websites for additional research
  • An engaging and demonstrative way to discuss Earth's orbit
Cons

  • None