This activity looks at what causes the Earth's seasons, with a focus on the Earth's tilt and spherical shape. Students learn how sunlight spreads over the Earth by modeling different tilts and calculate the relative sunlight intensity received by the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to understand seasonal differences between the hemispheres.
This assessment is a series of short answer questions about Earth's atmosphere based on the lesson "Earth's Atmosphere." Also, there is an article for students to read about the atmospheric effects on baseball games (this is relevant because our school is in Boston, and most of our students are Boston Red Sox fans). You may want to find a different resource for your students, or feel free to use this one.
This assessment asks students to reflect on the lesson "Measuring the Earth" and apply the things they've learned to solving the circumference of the Earth and reflecting on sources of error in this calculation.
This assessment asks students a few simple questions about speed, velocity, and acceleration. The primary goal of this assessment is to make sure students are understanding and thinking about the basic concepts.
This assessment asks students to answer questions based on the material covered in the lesson, The Sun. Additionally, it asks students to apply their knowledge, creatively, to a labeled model of the Sun.
Students are asked to apply all of their new knowledge about the planets and satellites in our solar system to create a travel brochure for a single travel destination (not Earth) in our solar system. They're expected to combine their artistic, linguistic, and scientific knowledge to create a convincing, creative, and aesthetic brochure.