# Question Exploration: What Causes Seasons and the Solstices?

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This Question Exploration asks the Essential Question: What Causes Seasons and the Solstices?

The Question Exploration Routine is an instructional method that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the question exploration routine earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.

Personally, I use the Routine to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. It keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 pages (about 45 minutes of directed class discussion). This product includes the completed question exploration guide, and the student guide blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in. It is in Microsoft Word .doc form so that Ts can customize the discussion to fit the needs of their Ss.

These Question Exploration Routines are classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science. Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) Explain what causes the cycle of seasons on Earth.
SC.8.E.5.9 Explain the impact of objects in space on each other including:
(1) the Sun on the Earth including seasons and gravitational attraction
• SC.912E.5.4 Explain the physical properties of the Sun and its dynamic nature and connect them to conditions and events on Earth.
• SC.912.E.5.6 Develop logical connections through physical principles, including Kepler's and Newton's Laws about the relationships and the effects of Earth, Moon, and Sun on each other.
• SC.912.E.7.7 Identify, analyze, and relate the internal (Earth system) and external (astronomical) conditions that contribute to global climate change.
• SC.912.P.12.2 Analyze the motion of an object in terms of its position, velocity, and acceleration (with respect to a frame of reference) as functions of time.
• SC.912.P.12.3 Interpret and apply Newton's three laws of motion.
• SC.912.P.12.4 Describe how the gravitational force between two objects depends on their masses and the distance between them.

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Question Exploration: What Causes Seasons and the Solstices?
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