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