Shadows, Angles, and the Seasons

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Shine some light on the topic of seasonal change with this collection of activities. Whether it's by measuring the change in the length of their shadows, or modeling the earth's orbit around the sun using a lamp and a globe, these simple demonstrations help young scientists better understand the changing of the seasons.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Supplement these experiments and demonstrations into an upper-elementary unit on the solar system
  • Create a packet out of the provided worksheets for students to complete as they participate in the different activities
  • Allow students to discuss and answer the questions for each and demonstrate with a partner or in small groups 
Classroom Considerations
  • Experiments and demonstrations require basic materials that can be found in most classrooms, including thermometers, globes, modeling clay, and a lamp
  • Some of these activities take place over the course of a whole school day, while others take only a few minutes, so be sure to plan accordingly
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  • Includes activities that are easy to perform and clearly demonstrate key concepts relating to seasonal change
  • Worksheets are provided that correspond to each activity described in this resource
  • Answer keys are provided for the worksheets
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