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Monday, November 7, 2011

Science: Earth Cycles

We are finishing up a study of Earth Cycles this week. During this time we took a look at the Earth rotating and revolving. Here are two Make and Takes we created for these. We first made the model of the Earth using model magic clay and a straw for the axis. We showed how the Earth rotates or "turns like a top" towards and away from the sun creating day and night. The next day we used the model again to show how the Earth revolves around the sun. We also made the paper study guide diagram below and labeled the seasons. Students saw how the tilt stays the same as they postitioned and glued each Earth down representing the seasons.



The corners flip up to create a square and each corner is labeled with the season's name.





Here a student is showing Earth rotating.




Here are matching cards for the vocabulary connected with this unit. They are good to send home. Students can even play memory match with them.

Cycle Vocabulary Cards Print outs for anyone wanting to create the Make and Take on Earth Revolving Around the Sun.





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10 comments:

Amber Polk said...

Love this! I am using this lesson in my Objects in the Sky Unit this month!

Joyce Versaw said...

I love the paper they made showing the placement of the sun and earth in different seasons. Always struggled with an effective way to teach this. I showed them using a flashlight and globe, which I think works, but this is a great take-away item. Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

makes no sence for what i am looking for. i am a student at a middle school and i am trying to wright a book th 3rd graders. i have to go to the elementary school and read it to 3rd graders... so this doesnt serve my purpose.

Anonymous said...

This a great idea, if that other person was looking for a book maybe they should work on the searching and typing skills on the internet. Thanks for sharing your ideas

Momma Cindy said...

Love your ideas. thanks for sharing. just what i'm looking for for hands on.

Anonymous said...

"The Reason for the Seasons is the tilt of the Earth." My astronomy professor made us memorize this because toi many people get it wrong, thinking that the seasons are caused by the Earth's distance from the Sun.

Nicole said...

Thank you so much!

Crystal Waters said...

I really want to use this idea for teaching seasons and I think the diagram would be perfect, but how do I get the paper to fold like that??

Crystal Waters said...

I really want to use this idea for teaching seasons and I think the diagram would be perfect, but how do I get the paper to fold like that??

Anonymous said...

How should you position the globes on each corner?

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