MS-ESS1-1 Seasons and Earth's Tilt Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS1-1 Seasons and Earth's Tilt Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities

SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:

Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency

Narrative Station to build science literacy

Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding

Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design

Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Seasons and Earth's Tilt Lab Learning Objectives

1. Recognize Earth’s position as it revolves around the sun.

2. Relate Earth’s tilt and revolution to changes in the seasons.

3. Compare the intensity of direct and indirect sunlight.

4. Illustrate Earth’s position relative to the sun at the summer solstice, winter solstice, spring equinox and fall equinox.

Science Skills Station

Students will complete a graphing activity. Students will graph the solar elevation on the 21st of each month for a location and relate the data to the average monthly temperature of the same location.

Narrative Station

Students will read about Earth’ tilt and how it impacts the way sunlight hits Earth (direct or indirect). Students will also read about the position of Earth relative to the sun as it revolves around Earth. They will read about how Earth’s tilt “changes,” which leads to the change of seasons.

Assessment Station

At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the Earth’s tilt and the seasons. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station

At this station, students will construct a three-dimensional model that depicts Earth’s position relative to the sun at the summer solstice, winter solstice, fall equinox and spring equinox. Students will use this model to illustrate the position of Earth relative to the sun.

Synthesis/Summary Project

Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.


This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS1-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

This download includes:

• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection

• Directions and questions for each lab station

• Student recording sheets

• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:


Colored Pencils


Thin wood dowels or skinny wood sticks

Large styrofoam ball (1 per group)

Small styrofoam balls (4 per group)

Black sharpie



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Total Pages
28 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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