What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt

What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt
What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt
What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt
What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt
What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt
What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt
What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt
What Causes Seasons? Two activities to simulate Earth’s yearly orbit and tilt
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In the first activity you’ll use a typical classroom globe and a light bulb to show how Earth travels around the sun in its orbit and why it has seasons. We’ll look at four different cities and see how their length of day changes based on the position of Earth in its orbit and whether it’s tilted toward or away from the sun.

In the second activity you’ll use a light bulb and copies of the zodiac constellations to model the constellations we can see from Earth and how these change from day to night and month to month.

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Concepts Addressed
• Earth’s orientation to the sun changes as it revolves in its orbit.
• Earth’s spherical shape produces cold poles and a warm equator.
• Earth’s tilt produces seasons based on its position in its orbit.
• Earth’s view of the constellations depends on where it is in its orbit.
• The zodiac constellations tell us where the sun is during a particular month.

Materials
• Lamp with clear bulb
• Classroom globe(s)
• Post-it notes

Accompanying videos
There are two lab activities the first is filmed here:
Video: A Celestial Calendar

The second is filmed here:
Video: Reason for the Seasons

Other resources
Click here to see the companion curriculum:
Space Science & Astronomy Resources

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90 minutes
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