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The Four Seasons
In this lesson that includes hands-on activities and demonstrations, learners discover that it is the tilt of the Earth's axis (not its proximity to the sun) that causes the seasons.
Sky Time: Kinesthetic AstronomyAdd to list Details
Through a series of simple body movements, learners gain insight into the relationship between time and astronomical motions of Earth (rotation about its axis, and orbit around the Sun), and also abou
My Angle on Cooling: Effects of Distance and InclinationAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover that one way to cool an object in the presence of a heat source is to increase the distance from it or change the angle at which it is faced.
Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge ActivitiesAdd to list Details
This lesson plan provides learners with two activities to explore the connections between events in their lives and the seasons of the year.
Reason for the Seasons
In this activity (on page 6 of the PDF), learners plot the path of the sun's apparent movement across the sky on two days, with the second day occurring two or three months after the first.
What's the Angle?
This activity helps learners understand how the angle of the Sun affects temperatures around the globe.
Using a Simple Astrolabe
In this activity, learners use an astrolabe to measure the altitude of objects. Learners will first practice taking measurements by measuring the altitude of trees and buildings.
Terrestrial Hi-Lo HuntAdd to list Details
In this outdoor activity, learners search for the warmest and coolest, windiest and calmest, wettest and driest, and brightest and darkest spots in an area.
Sensory Hi-Lo HuntAdd to list Details
In this outdoor activity, learners use only their senses to to find the extremes of several environmental variables or physical factors: wind, temperature, light, slope and moisture.
Modeling the Seasons
This activity provides instructions for learners to create models of the Earth and then to model a "day" on Earth as well as modeling the seasons.
Ancient Sun ObservationsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners make their own Sun tracker to explore how ancient civilizations around the world studied the Sun.