Topic 8: Solar System


The average distance between the Earth and the Sun is 149.60 million km

The earth takes 365 days to travel around the sun

The earth’s rotation/tilt position around the sun is the reason we have seasons

The Earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees

What was the point of this activity?

The point of this was to allow students to visually understand  why we have seasons and how the sun shines light on different parts of the earth during the year.

Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would ask my class why we have seasons and talk to them about the north and south hemispheres. I would try to find a game regarding this topic.

Where do you see a student having difficulty with this?

I think difficulty would occur when they have to figure out the sun exposure whether it is north, south, or equal.

What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would extend this by doing a class wide representation of the solstices and the equinox. I would assign a person to be the sun and the other students would be the seasons and the class would have to say what season everyone was and then i would switch them. I would also try to find a Phet animation.

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