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Distance Learning NGSS MS-ESS1-1 Seasons Stop Motion Movie Modelling Google

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6th - 12th, Homeschool
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There’s no better way to hit the NGSS Science and Engineering Practice of Developing and Using Models than making a movie! Students will be engaged, excited and students will have a deep understanding of why we have seasons on earth! This NGSS three dimensional resource covers the Performance Expectation “Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun system to describe the cyclic patterns of the seasons.(MS-ESS1-1)”.

Students make a Stop Motion Animation Movie using a FREE APP on their phone that simulates the Earth's Revolution around the sun and how the tilt of the Earth’s axis causes the seasons. There is everything you need to get started, the only items required by you are white boards and white board markers, however you can have students bring in clay, colored paper and markers themselves. Most kids already know how to make a stop motion movie. It’s so engaging the kids forget that they are even learning astronomy!

Take a look at some student examples below or in the product preview:




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This resource comes with the following:

-Student Copy


-Detailed Teacher Notes

-Editable PowerPoint for student instructions and classroom management

The activity contains the following vocabulary:


Summer Solstice

Winter Solstice

Fall/Autumnal Equinox

Spring/Vernal Equinox



The NGSS Standards included:

NGSS Performance Expectation (PE)

Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun system to describe the cyclic patterns of the seasons.(MS-ESS1-1

Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI)

ESS1.B:  Earth and the Solar System

This model of the solar system explains that Earth’s spin on its 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. 


The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.(MS-ESS1-2) (MS-ESS1-3)

ESS1.A:  The Universe and Its Stars

Patterns of the apparent motion of the sun, the moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, predicted, and explained with models.(MS-ESS1-1)

Science and Engineering Practices (SEP)

Developing and Using Models

A practice of both science and engineering is to use and construct models as helpful tools for representing ideas and explanations. These tools include diagrams, drawings, physical replicas, mathematical representations, analogies, and computer simulations .

Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC)


Observed patterns in nature guide organization and classification and prompt questions about relationships and causes underlying them.

Cause & Effect Events have causes, sometimes simple, sometimes multifaceted. Deciphering causal relationships, and the mechanisms by which they are mediated, is a major activity of science and engineering.

Systems and System Models

A system is an organized group of related objects or components; models can be used for understanding and predicting the behavior of systems.

Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems

Science assumes that objects and events in natural systems occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation. (MS-ESS1-1), (MS-ESS1-2)

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Total Pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. Emphasis for the model is on gravity as the force that holds together the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and controls orbital motions within them. Examples of models can be physical (such as the analogy of distance along a football field or computer visualizations of elliptical orbits) or conceptual (such as mathematical proportions relative to the size of familiar objects such as students’ school or state). Assessment does not include Kepler’s Laws of orbital motion or the apparent retrograde motion of the planets as viewed from Earth.


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