Lesson Three: The Earth, Movement in Space

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If you feel like you're standing still, you're wrong! The Earth is constantly rotating and orbiting under our feet. Demonstrate the Earth's movement within the solar system with a collaborative activity. With a candle or lamp in the middle of the room, one pupil carries a globe in an orbit to show how the sun's light reflects on a given point on the Earth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners keep a moon journal to note the lunar phase over a given period of time
  • Expand the lesson for older students to explain the phenomenon of seasons, or to include additional planets in the simulation
  • Use optional extension activities to differentiate the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a classroom globe
  • Lesson includes the use of a candle and matches, but a small lamp would work just as well
  • Use the activity in the context of an academic lesson, as it does not include informational text
  • The third lesson in a six-part earth science unit
Pros

  • Includes two sets of directions for pre-instructional planning and during instruction
  • Hands-on activity is engaging for learners of all reading levels
Cons

  • None
Common Core