This simulation looks at how the tilt (inclination angle in the simulation) affect the average daily temperature, the sunlight angle, and the length of day. Explore all the tabs to get the most out of this simulation.
The Earth is tilted with respect to the sun. This causes different parts of the planet to be in direct sunlight depending on the time of year. The directness of the sunlight hitting a region determines what season it is. Move the red dot to change the tilt of the Earth relative to the sun and see how this affects the seasons.
Earth rotates about a tilted axis. Drag Earth (counter-clockwise) around the Sun in its orbit to simulate the journey it makes every year. When it is summer in the Northern hemisphere, its axis points toward the sun. In winter, Earth's axis points away. Observe how this affects the density of rays striking the Northern hemisphere in summer and in winter.
A list of student-submitted discussion questions for Seasons.
To emphasize students’ understanding of key words and practice applying the definitions of the vocabulary words to examples and drawings using the Frayer Model.
To stress understanding of a concept by summarizing the main idea and applying that understanding to create visual aids and generate questions and comments using a Concept Matrix.
Explains that the full moon that rises closest to the autumnal equinox is called the Harvest Moon. That September moon appears extremely large and red, and once lit the night sky for farmers during their busiest harvest season.
Students will explore the effect that seasons have on shadows through analysis of images and a lab.
This study guide summarizes the key points of Seasons. You can download and customize it to suit your needs and study habits.
An interactive simulator demonstrating the relationship between seasons and Earth's orbit through several perspectives.
These flashcards help you study important terms and vocabulary from Seasons.