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Seasons
This site contains an activity in which students work in small research groups to describe and explain seasonal phenomena. They begin by documenting and describing seasonal fluctuations in the maximum angular height of the Sun, average daily temperature, maximum shadow length, and amount of daylight in a 24 hour period. After examining local seasonal trends, students analyze data from a variety of global locations. They observe and note temporal and global trends in these phenomena and modify their Earth-Moon-Sun (EMS) model to account for these patterns. After completing a Seasons pretest, students will create a circular Earth-Sun distance graph for a one year period, complete a Characteristics of Seasons chart and a Seasonal Trends Around the World chart, and complete a Seasons Phenomena/Objects/Motion (POM) chart. This site also includes instructional notes for the teacher, worksheets for student activities, Seasons pretest, student work examples and links to other resources.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
Subject:
  • Climatology
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2002 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-677
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Earth-Moon-Sun Dynamics'
This resource requires 'Eclipses'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison