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What Is the Reason for the Seasons?. Clearing up misconception about the causes of the seasons OR Covering All the Angles!! By Michelle Kornberger , Nancy Foote, Mel Prater & Ken Huff.

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What is the reason for the seasons

What Is the Reason for the Seasons?

Clearing up misconception about the causes of the seasons

OR

Covering All the Angles!!

By Michelle Kornberger, Nancy Foote, Mel Prater & Ken Huff


LogisticsTarget audience: Middle School Science teachersTime: 1 hourVenue: Regional or state conference


Learning goal
Learning Goal

  • Does the distance between the earth and the sun cause the seasons?

    • To present multiple pieces of evidence and models to support scientifically correct reasons for the seasons.


Invitation
Invitation

  • Riddle

  • Hula hoop activity

  • Seasonal changes chart

  • Pre-questionnaire questions 2 and 3


Exploration
Exploration

  • Strengths/Limitation of models


Concept invention
Concept Invention

  • 3-d Sun-Earth Scale Model

    • Put out a variety of round materials and a box of golf pencils. Given that a 10 cm ball is a scale model of the sun, which of these would be a same scale model of the earth.


Application
Application

  • Football field model

  • Distance scale model

    • Using the same scale, the earth is 10 m away from the sun


Reflection
Reflection

  • Revisit hula hoop

  • Revisit Earth-Sun size comparision

  • Revisit Pre-questionnaire questions 2 and 3


Sun solar flare july 10 2010
Sun: Solar Flare July 10, 2010



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