Earth and Space Science: Earth in the Solar System
Science as Inquiry: Design & Conduct Investigation, Analyze
& Interpret Data, Develop Explanations, Think Critically
Seasons, rotation of the earth, earth's axis, day and night, earth's
orbit around the sun.
of the year
causes the seasons?
Earth's seasons (narrated animation)
Science and Nature: The Seasons
• The sun dagger
petroglyph was a way for the Chacoans to know when the seasons were
changing. Why would this be important for them?
• How do you know when the seasons are changing? Do you use
signs that the Chacoans may have used? What modern signs tell you
that the seasons are changing?
• How does the change of the seasons affect you?
Our Seasons has a description of how
sunlight is affected by the earth's tilt and orbit.
See an animation showing how the sun moves across
the horizon throughout the year (requires the Flash
See an animation showing how the area of the globe
that is in sunlight changes throughout the year (requires the Flash
Time Is It on Mars?
A Webcast exploring time and seasons on the Red Planet (requires
• Revisit the year stations. Notice the angle at which the
sun strikes your dot during the summer versus during the winter.
In which season are you the most likely to get sunburned? Why?
• Imagine you are living on the equator. How would you describe
the change of seasons?
• Now imagine that you are at the North Pole in the summer.
What path does the sun take across the sky?
Check for Understanding
What special aspect of the sun's position or movement do we mark
with the solstices and the equinoxes?
What would seasons on the earth be like if the axis weren't tilted?