It's Time for a Revolution! (Around the Sun)

Contributor: Lindsey Congalosi. Lesson ID: 13123

By now, you are probably aware of the sad fact that the earth doesn't actually revolve around you. What does it revolve around? What does revolve even mean? Read more to find out!


Space Science and Astronomy, Space Science and Astronomy

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Otter, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • How do you prepare for a trip around the sun?

You plan-et!

Now that we've gotten the hilarity out of the way, let's take a closer look at the earth's never-ending trip around the sun.

Place something in the middle of your room. Walk around this item slowly, making as big of a circle as possible. When this becomes easy, start spinning as you continue to walk in the large circles. Be careful, don't bump into anything! Okay, sit down, you're making me dizzy.

  • Why did you do that?

Today we're going to discuss revolution.

American Revolution

No, not that kind of revolution. This kind:

earth revolution

You may have correctly guessed that you were spinning and circling to model the earth's movements.

There are two different ways that the earth is always moving - rotating and revolving. For more information about rotation, check out the Related Lesson found in the right-hand sidebar.

In astronomy, revolution means to move continuously around a central object. Rotation means to spin on a central axis. Be careful - outside of astronomy, these words may be used interchangeably.

You may have learned about rotation and revolution previously, but you probably didn't get the full story. Answer these quiz questions to identify any misconceptions you might have about the revolution of the earth.

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  • Did you learn anything new?
  • Still have questions?

Watch How Earth Moves? | Rotation & Revolution of Earth | Formation of Solar System | Video for Kids, from Learing Junction, to review what you've learned about revolution as well as rotation: 

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Now, move on to the Got It? section to test your knowledge and learn even more!

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