All Middle School Topics » Structure and Properties of Matter / Chemical Reactions / Forces and Interactions / Energy / Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation / Structure and Function of Living Things / Organisms and Ecosystems / Relationships in Ecosystems / Reproduction and Growth of Organisms / Natural Selection and Adaptations / Space Systems / History of Earth / Earth’s Systems / Weather and Climate / Human Impacts
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This is a very clean and fun interactive about Seasons. Adjust the tilt of the Earth’s axis relative to the sun to observe how the amount of daylight and the average temperature varies. This interactive comes from Astronomy by John Fix and will run on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 5.5 or later, or Netscape 6.
The Universe and Its Stars (ESS1.A)
- Patterns of the apparent motion of the sun, the moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, predicted, and explained with models. (MS-ESS-1)
- Earth and its solar system are part of the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of the many galaxies in the universe. (MS-ESS1-2)
Earth and the Solar System (ESS1.B)
- The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by the sun’s gravitational pull on them. (MS-ESS1- 2&3)
- The model of the solar system can explain eclipses of the sun and the moon. The seasons are a result of the tilt of the earth’s axis, and the differing intensity of sunlight on different areas of the earth over the course of a year. (MS-ESS1-1)
- The solar system appears to have formed from a disk of dust and gas drawn together by gravity. (MS-ESS-2)
Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”
Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.