Instructional Video

What Causes the Seasons?

'Tis the season to be ... hmmm ... why is it that Earth has seasons? Explore the variety of theories, from the atmosphere to the axis in a short, entertaining video. The interview subjects use observation, random earth science terms, and hand gestures to explain.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Invite learners to participate in debunking the theories given in the video to test their knowledge
  • Use the resource to help compare seasons and the time of year between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider backing the video up with a simulation of the Earth in its yearly path around the sun
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • The interviewer gathers viewpoints from people in both hemispheres
  • Explains the correct answer, avoiding possible misinformation
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