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Scots All Saints College Libraries (ASC): Earth and Space

H J Richardson (ASC)

Earth and Space

Earth and Space

The Earth and Space strand explores the Earth’s dynamic structure and its place in the universe. Students explore changes on Earth, such as day and night, and the seasons related to Earth’s rotation and its orbit around the Sun.

On this page you can find links to online sources as well as relevant books in the library.

Online Interactive

Night and Day

Take a trip into space and look back at the Earth. Turn the Earth to find out how the earths rotation is related to night and time of day. For instance, you'll see that when the Sun shines on one side of the Earth, the other side is in darkness.

Online Interactive

Day and Night

This site includes information about day and night, sun, moon and earth orbits and phases of the moon.


Clickview Interactive

The Earth Moves

This video explains how the movements and position of the Earth in space determine the day and night, the seasons and the very existence of life on our planet.

Online Interactive


Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Work out how the Earth's orbit and the tilt of its axis determine day length and seasons in the different hemispheres. Examine the heating effect of the Sun and investigate how the seasons at different locations on the Earth are different.


Online Interactive

Earth, Moon & Sun

Learn about the Earth, Sun & Moon's orbits as you experiment with different dates and times in this fun activity for kids. Discover how long the Earth takes to orbit the Sun, how many hours it takes the Earth to spin around once on its own axis, how long the Moon takes to orbit the Earth, how it all relates to our calendar and other useful facts.

Online Video

Earth in Orbit

+ Support materials

Observe and learn about Earth as it rotates on its tilted axis and orbits the Sun in this adapted video by the California Academy of Sciences. This resource can help students visualize the time and spatial scale of Earth’s rotation and orbit around the Sun while also stimulating curiosity and thinking about Earth’s axis and how the planet moves in space.


Hello? Is this Planet earth?

by Tim Peake

ML 629.44 PEA


Clickview - Interactive

Movements of the Earth

We all know that there is day and night – but what causes it? And what about the seasons? Learn about the movements of Earth around the Sun in this brilliantly animated Miniclip! Students will learn about Earth’s axis of rotation, its orbit around the Sun, its tilt, and the timescales used to measure these movements.

Interactive Lesson

Illuminating Earth Over a Year

+ Support Materials


Students build on knowledge of observed seasonal changes as they analyze data—and look for patterns—on the changing duration of daylight throughout a year. They consider the Earth–Sun relationship to explain changes in daylight hours and opposite seasons in the hemispheres. Data tables and graphs, models, diagrams, images, and informational text provide students with the context they need to analyze, compare and contrast, and describe patterns. They can then confidently explain—using a diagram they have created—the relationship between Earth’s tilt and changing daylight hours and opposite seasons. 

Support materials include: Handouts and Teaching Tips.