This is a series of four lessons/activities on the seasons, solstices, and equinoxes. They can be taught all together, or on each of those days. I find this to be a great activity to do right before winter break (instead of a holiday activity, do a winter solstice activity).
This can be part of a unit on seasons, or 4-5 days of lessons.
This series of lessons includes maps, images, questions, links to websites with additional resources, answer keys, and suggested lesson plans. It also includes vocabulary list and a chart for student use.
- daylight hours
- rotation/revolution (touched upon)
- latitude of direct rays on each season
- sun's path (touched upon)
- meaning of solstice and equinox
- how and why solstice and equinox are celebrated around the world.
For a preview see the Winter Solstice FREEBIE!! portion of the activity, with answer key.
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
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