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Seasons Learning Path

By Aoife McDonnell

A selection of external links to resources on explaining seasons. Resources may need flash player if they are a SWF file. Check with the individual resource description and suggested uses.
7 resources in this Learning Path

1

Why do Some Parts of Earth have Longer Daylight than Others? - Link to Seasons

http://www.sepuplhs.org/students/ia...tions/SEPUP_Seasons_Interactive.swf Added: 15 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Simulation

The seasons is a difficult concept to grasp, however this animation is the one that caused the light bulb moment in my mind. An informative animation introducing students to the latitudes. Students can explore the answer to the above driving question by observing the animation, discussing the positions and highlighting the latitudes to notice the angle of 23.5 in the rotation. Students can also adjust the months from January right through to Decemember.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Set students into groups with the animation. Students are to solve the driving question using the animation as a clue to the problem.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Working with Others

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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How Earth's Tilted Axis Causes Seasons

http://faculty.buffalostate.edu/sab...GES131/figures/ReasonForSeasons.swf Added: 15 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Simulation

An animation connecting science to geography. Higher ability students can delve deeper into the problem solving capabilities with this interactive animation. Students can look up the latitude of various countries including Ireland. Using the animation, students can set the latitude to that of their researched country. Students can compare the length of day and night for various countries. In comparing the length of day and night, students are exploring the reason for the seasons.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Assign students the driving question "Why are some countries length of sunlight longer than others?" Higher ability students can use this animation as a means of a clue. The clue is less obvious and involves more research in latitudes.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Staying Well Working with Others Numeracy

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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3

Why do we have Seasons? - Tim and Moby

https://mrhardy.wikispaces.com/Seasons.swf Added: 15 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Audio / Video

A good cartoon video explanation answering the question "Why do we have seasons" The video includes visual aids to understand the seasons by showing the axis of rotation of the Earth. Linking the seasons to the long and short days is good for students to see the connection between why the days are longer in Summer and shorter in Winter.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Assign the students the video for homework task in researching why we have seasons. Students explain their ideas to their groups in the next lesson before groups present their ideas to the class.

Key Skills: Being Creative Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Working with Others Managing Myself

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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4

Plenary Task - Describe the Animation (Seasons)

http://footprints-science.com/flash/Seasons.swf Added: 15 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Assessment / Simulation

A nice plenary exercise for students to use in summarising their understanding of seasons. Students will need to look at the animation, reflect on their learning and evaluate the the image by concluding what the image is illustrating.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Project the animation onto the board as a plenary task. Get students to close all notes and work independently throughout the task. Students must write a description explaining what the animation is illustrating in as much detail as possible. Time must be given so as students can reflect on their learning experience.

Key Skills: Managing Information and Thinking

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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5

Seasons - Met Office Education

http://www.metlink.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/seasons.swf Added: 15 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Simulation

A nice simple animation explaining the reason as to why we have seasons. The animation begins by explaining how we have a year - with the Earth orbiting the sun. Then, explaining how we have seasons - with the tilt of the Earth. Seasons are also be noticed by the height of the sun in the sky, this animation will illustrate how.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Assign students into groups to explore the driving question "How are seasons formed?" Students in one group can use this animation as a clue to their problem solving.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Working with Others

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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6

Seasons Animation

http://astro.unl.edu/classaction/an...coordsmotion/eclipticsimulator.html Added: 15 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Simulation

Animation showing the geometry of the Earth and sun over the course of a year, demonstrating how seasons occur. Students can adjust the month view, add labels and stop animation at any point.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Assign students to groups to explore the driving question "What causes seasons?". In their groups, they can use the animation her as a clue to their problem solving.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Working with Others

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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7

Seasons - Comprehensive Animation

http://www.artescapesonline.com/movies/Module%20IV_V15.swf Added: 15 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Reference / Simulation

This animation is excellent for the curious students in your class who have a keen interest in deepening their understanding of why we have seasons. The resource provides detailed information with graphics, however it is for higher ability students.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Challenge high ability groups to explore the seasons in detail using this animation and using the information as research.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Working with Others

Asset type: Online Resource
Rights: All rights reserved
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