Savor the Seasons and Their Role on Earth!

Contributor: Peggy Herisson. Lesson ID: 13008

Rain and snow and hail - oh my! Throughout the year on Earth, many of us experience different types of weather, and some of us don't. The reason revolves around Earth revolving around something else!

categories

Earth Science

subject
Science
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'" (Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass)

What a vivid description Lewis Carroll gives for the winter season! He offers an animated description of what possibly occurs during this season. How do seasons work? How do they develop? Questions and curiosity in hand, get on the trail of research and review and delve deeper into the topic of seasons!

seasons around the world

Many people on Earth know that there are four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

We know this because in many parts of the world we experience these different changes in the seasons. This raises the questions, "How does all of this happen? How are some parts of the world able to experience different seasons throughout the year?"

Below is a list of vocabulary words to watch out for in this lesson. Make a note of each word and its meaning as you read. You can also find the definitions at Dictionary.com.

axis rotates
equator Southern Hemisphere
Northern Hemisphere transition
orbit  

 

Watch Why seasons change for kids and how seasons happen. Why questions for kids, by Mizyaka Dizyaka ENG, to learn why and exactly how the seasons happen:

 

Now you know that we could not experience different seasons if it were not for the travel and rotation of the earth. The earth, which is separated into two halves — the southern hemisphere and northern hemisphere — by the equator, spins on an axis. The earth also travels around, or orbits, the sun to create different changes in weather, or seasons. The seasons that are in-between summer and winter are called "seasons in transition (or change)." So, autumn is a transition between summer and winter, and spring is the transition from winter to summer.

Some parts of the world experience one type of weather throughout the year, and there are some countries that experience different seasons throughout the year. Watch Weather Around the World, by Teachers Media, to see how the seasons play in different parts of the world.

 

As you can see, there are a lot of different elements that go into the changing of the seasons.

Move along to the Got It? section to get into the "zone" with the concept of seasons.

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