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Designed to SUPPLEMENT and add FUN to an existing middle school seasons unit!
Includes great activities, extra practice worksheets, and an engaging cumulative project.
Supports NGSS standard MS-ESS1-1.
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INDIVIDUAL RESOURCE DESCRIPTIONS:
Graph the Sun's Angle & Length of Daylight: Provide middle school students a deeper understanding of Earth's seasons through the analysis of a student-generated graph. Clear worksheet instructions, easy to enter data, and a nice analysis section combine to make a really worthwhile activity!
Students are given data for the number of daylight hours and the angle of the sun for each month for 2 years. From this information, they generate a graph that shows both the angle of sunlight and the hours of daylight on the same graph. The blank graph is provided so students only need to plug in the data points. To make it go a little quicker, students can work in pairs so that each person graphs one year of data (2 years are given) and combine their graphs. If this sounds complicated... it isn't. The instructions are very easy to follow! The resulting graphs are great, clearly showing changes in the hours of daylight over each year period while simultaneously showing changes in the hours of daylight over the months of a year.
Seasons Worksheet: Diagram Analysis: Have students analyze a diagram of Earth's orbit to understand seasons. This 2-page worksheet reviews seasons through the analysis of a diagram. Each of the 17 questions requires students to analyze the diagram to answer questions about seasons, equinoxes and solstices, the concentration of light hitting Earth, etc.
Rotation/Revolution Sorting Activity: Get middle school kids thinking beyond a worksheet! This activity gives students 16 terms or diagrams related to the rotation and revolution of the earth. They must decide if each term more closely applies to the "Day" category or the "Year" category. This is a great tool to help them understand the difference between rotation and revolution.
Planets in Motion: Cumulative Project for Seasons & Tides: Wonderful way to challenge students to bring together everything they have learned about a planet's motion in space!
Includes 2 Versions:
Version A: This is a group or partner project. The teacher assigns each group one of ten IMAGINARY planets. Students determine the information necessary about the planet they were assigned by looking at a data table provided, including its rotation, revolution, axis, and moons. They then create a presentation about their planet which will include information about the planets day/night cycle, its year, if it has season, tides, and extreme tides. How detailed this presentation is will be up to your discretion, and you will need to provide the class some clarification on this. As the class watches their peers present their projects, the audience will complete the “Planet Comparisons” worksheet.
Version B: This version gives students the same data table about IMAGINARY planets as Version A, but they will be finding the information for EVERY planet instead of just one, as in in Version A. They complete a graphic organizer instead of generating a presentation. Because it can be challenging, we suggest having them do this analysis in pairs. This activity is a bit challenging, and really requires students to synthesize everything they have learned about rotation, revolution, seasons, and tides.
Seasons Worksheet: Extra Practice: Print and go review of seasons! Part One requires students to fill in the blanks in paragraphs about the tilt of the axis, the length of days, etc. Part Two reviews the solstices and equinoxes, and Part Three reviews the four seasons.
Seasons Concept Map & Vocab Practice: Students complete a challenging concept map and then review vocabulary by relating important terms to each other. This 2-page worksheet reviews seasons in two parts. First, it gives students a concept map and vocabulary words with which to complete it. This gets kids thinking! Second, it gives students sets of vocabulary words and has them write sentences to relate the words to each other. Challenging, but effective review! (If you need to differentiate the concept map a bit, simply add a few of the terms to the blank spots as hints.)
Make a Graph to BUST a Seasons Myth: Middle school students often have a widely-held misconception that seasons have something to do with the Earth being closer to the Sun in summer and farther away in winter. This worksheet activity helps BUST THAT MYTH! Students are given data about how far apart the Earth and the Sun are during each month. On a grid provided, they create a bar graph to display the data, and then answer a few analysis questions including a claims/evidence/reasoning section. They can clearly see that in the Northern Hemisphere we are NOT closer to the sun in summer! This myth-busting activity would only be effective in the Northern Hemisphere, where kids associate winter with December, January, and February.
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