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.
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.
The Earth Moves
This video explains how the movements and position of the in determine the day and night, the seasons and the very existence of life on our planet.
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.
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.
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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
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 around the Sun in this brilliantly animated Miniclip! Students will learn about ’s axis of rotation, its orbit around the Sun, its tilt, and the timescales used to measure these movements.