Education Technology

Tilting Earth

Published on 07/31/2012

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will focus on the impact of the tilt of the Earth's axis on monthly temperatures.

Objectives

  • Students will explore the relationship between Earth's tilt and its effect on monthly temperature.
  • Students will justify the reasons for the seasons on Earth.
  • Students will use a model to analyze the effect of changing Earth's tilt on climate.

Vocabulary

  • Revolution
  • Rotation
  • Axis

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students will focus on the impact of the tilt of Earth's axis on monthly temperatures.

 As a result, students will:

  • Discover that the tilt of Earth's axis is responsible for seasons.
  • Understand that the Northern Hemisphere receives more direct sunlight during the summer and less during the winter.
  • Manipulate the tilt of Earth's axis allowing them to observe what would happen to Earth's temperatures if the Earth had a different tilt or no tilt at all.