Title: Where am I?
This lesson teaches one of the geography themes called location. Students will learn about absolute location and relative location as they search the globe.
This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GHS (3) 2: Locate the continents on a map or globe
Title: Sun, Earth, and Moon: Calendar of Events
During this lesson students are going to take a look at moon phases and sunrise-sunset times in order to learn about daylight hours. Students discover that we do not always have the same amount of daylight each day. This lesson is best completed in December and January.
Standard(s): [TC2] (3-5) 8: Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
Title: A Reason for the Season
In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the changing of the seasons. They learn why the season change and then test their knowledge using a cosmic map.
Standard(s): [S1] E&S (9-12) 6: Explain the length of a day and of a year in terms of the motion of Earth.
Title: Measuring Shadows
In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine the pattern (length and direction) of shadows cast by sunlight during a several month period. They develop an interpretation of the daily and seasonal patterns and variations observed.
Standard(s): [MA2015] MI1 (9-12) 11: Describe the development of mathematical tools and their applications. (Alabama)
Title: The Four Seasons
This purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to dispel common misconceptions and help students understand that the tilt of the earth's axis causes seasons. After reading about the topic, students observe a demonstration of tilt.
Standard(s): [S1] (6) 8: Describe how Earth's rotation, Earth's axial tilt, and distance from the equator cause variations in the heating and cooling of various locations on Earth.
Title: Tilted Earth
In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the cause of Earth's tilt, which is responsible for the change of seasons. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (9-12) 3: Explain planetary motion and navigation in space in terms of Kepler's and Newton's laws.
Title: Earth Simulator
In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Standard(s): [S1] (6) 9: Identify the moon's phases.
Title: What Do People Know About the Arctic and Antarctic?
In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the landscapes, climates, and animal life of the polar regions. They then interview people to find out what they think and know about the regions. They conclude by writing paragraphs explaining why it's important to know about the polar regions and detailing the differences between the two regions.
Standard(s): [S1] (7) 7: Describe biotic and abiotic factors in the environment.
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates
Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Standard(s): [S1] (7) 4: Describe organisms in the six-kingdom classification system by their characteristics.