Students really struggle comparing and contrasting objects that rotate and revolve. This picture sort allows students to discuss real life objects that rotate, revolve, or do both and can be included in an interactive science journal, science centers, with nonverbal students, or for homework. Student will classify real world objects by sorting the pictures. Pictures are in color and black and white. A sorting sheet and answer key is included. I use this with my 3rd graders and my 6th graders, and it challenges both grades.
Have students cut out the rotate and revolve pictures. Then, have them discuss with a partner which category the picture belongs in. Last, glue the picture in the correct column. Review as a class. (Note: several “revolve” answers may be argued that they belong in the BOTH category, so decide how you want to explain this. For example, a runner can technically rotate once around a track since the track is in a circular shape. Decide how technical you want to teach it.) This is part of my Earth, Moon, and Sun Interactive Science Journal MEGA Bundle.
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