Students make a Stop Motion Animation Movie using a FREE APP on their phone that simulates the Earth's Revolution around the sun. 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!
Here’s a student example:
Are you not tech savvy? It’s OK! Copy and paste the link below and watch the free tutorial and the kids figure it out very quickly!
The activity contains the following vocabulary:
The NGSS Standards included are:
MS-ESS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system
ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
i: Patterns of the apparent motion of the sun, the moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, predicted, and explained with models
ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
i.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.
ii. 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
Science and Engineering Practices:
-Developing and Using Models
-Obtaining, evaluating and communicating.
-Cause & Effect: Mechanism and Explanation
-Systems & System Models
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Try out some other Williams’ Hands on Science Astronomy labs and activities that would go with this Power Point seamlessly:
Human Sun Dial
Oreo Moon Phases Lab
Crashed on the Moon
The Sun Board Game
The Planets Board Game