Seasons Around the World

Why does Earth experience summer, fall, winter, and spring? Using an informative demonstration, learners see how the angle of the sun on Earth and the rotation of Earth determine the seasons. Scholars work in pairs to learn that the angle light shines affects light intensity and coverage, relating this to how sunlight reaches Earth's surface.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Introduce the different seasons by showing how sunlight reaches Earth's surface
  • Demonstrate the intensity of the sun as it relates to heat by having pupils measure the temperature of the light
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires materials many teachers do not have in the classroom
  • Previous background knowledge of seasons and weather patterns is beneficial
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Pros
  • Allows for collaborative learning and exploration
  • Demonstrates a large scale concept on a small scale
Cons
  • None