Looking for something to handy and straightforward to teach seasons and the effect of the tilted Earth? This is just the resource for you. This interactive folding notes page with a built in card sort is designed to visually model for students that the revolution of Earth with a tilted rotational axis is the cause of the seasons. It helps students understand the relationship between a tilted Earth and seasonal characteristics including temperature, angle of sun rays, intensity of solar energy, and length of day and night in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Often we only teach students about seasons from the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, causing students to build misconceptions. This folding notes pages helps student compare and contrast the seasonal changes in BOTH hemispheres as it relates to the tilt of the Earth. It is important that students understand that the reason Earth experiences seasonal changes is because its rotational axis is tilted. This notes page helps students understand this concept. The notes portion under each tab is fill-in-the-blank with cut and paste on some versions. This foldable is designed for a middle school audience but could certainly be used in a high school astronomy unit as well. This download includes 3 different versions so you can decide which one best fits your students’ needs.
What’s Included in This Product
3 differentiated version of the foldable
Card sort component cut-out pages
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Key words: seasons, tilt, tilted, axis, rotational, revolution, tilted Earth, causes, winter, summer, fall, spring, solstice, equinox
TEKS 8.7A. TSIET model and illustrate how the tilted Earth rotates on its axis, causing day and night, and revolves around the Sun causing changes in seasons.
NGSS DCI ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System: This model of the solar system can explain eclipses of the sun and the moon. Earth’s spin axis is fixed in direction over the short-term but tilted relative to its orbit around the sun. The seasons are a result of that tilt and are caused by the differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year.