Showing posts with label Summer Solstice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer Solstice. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

A Few Short Lessons About the Longest Day of the Year

It is going to be warm and sunny here in Maine today. That temperature will make it feel like summer a few days before the summer solstice. Many refer to the summer solstice as the "longest day of the year" when they really mean "longest period of daylight in a day." But that's beside the point of this post which is to share a few resources that can help kids understand what the summer solstice is.

SciShow Kids offers a nice video that can help K-3 students understand why the length of daylight changes throughout the year.


Reasons for the Seasons is a TED-Ed lesson appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. The lesson explains the relationship between the shape of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, the Earth's tilt on its axis, and how those affect the amount of sunlight on different areas of the Earth.


And for a little perspective on winter vs. summer solstice here's a great side-by-side time-lapse of the winter and summer solstices in Manchester, England.


This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin and WayBetterSite. Featured image captured by Richard Byrne.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Short Lessons About the Longest Day of the Year

It is going to be over 90F here in Maine today. That temperature will make it feel like summer a few days before the summer solstice. Many refer to the summer solstice as the "longest day of the year" when they really mean "longest period of daylight in a day." But that's beside the point of this post which is to share a few resources that can help kids understand what the summer solstice is.

SciShow Kids offers a nice video that can help K-3 students understand why the length of daylight changes throughout the year.


Reasons for the Seasons is a TED-Ed lesson appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. The lesson explains the relationship between the shape of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, the Earth's tilt on its axis, and how those affect the amount of sunlight on different areas of the Earth.


And for a little perspective on winter vs. summer solstice here's a great side-by-side time-lapse of the winter and summer solstices in Manchester, England.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Short Lessons on the Longest Day of the Year

The summer solstice is just a couple of days away. Many refer to this as the "longest day of the year" when they really mean "longest period of daylight in a day." But that's beside the point of this post which is to share a few handy resources that can help kids understand the summer solstice.

National Geographic offer this hands-on activity designed to help students understand the changes in intensity and duration of sunlight on their part of the world throughout the year. Before the activity you could show students National Geographic's video What is a Solstice?



Mechanism Of The Seasons is a YouTube video that I found years ago when looking for a video to use in a flipped lesson on the topic of solstices. The six minute video could be helpful in a flipped classroom environment as it covers the same information that your students will review in the National Geographic materials mentioned above.


And here's a great side-by-side time-lapse of the winter and summer solstices in Manchester, UK.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Short Lessons On the Reason for Seasons

Good evening from Maine where I just watched the sunset on the longest day of the year (in terms of amount of sunlight). Earlier today on Google+ I shared National Geographic's article about the significance of the summer solstice. The article is an interesting read with a bunch of links to more interesting information sprinkled throughout it. Reading the article prompted me to look at a few resources that could be helpful in teaching students about seasons. 

On National Geographic's Education page there are two resources worth noting. The first is a simple illustration of the position of Earth relative to the sun throughout the year. That illustration could support your use of this hands-on activity designed to help students understand the changes in intensity and duration of sunlight on their part of the world throughout the year. Both resources are appropriate for elementary school students.

Mechanism Of The Seasons is a YouTube video that I found. The six minute video could be helpful in a flipped classroom environment as it covers the same information that your students will review in the National Geographic materials mentioned above.