The Reason for the Seasons: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

April 16, 2014

Teaching Kids the Reason for the Seasons: Lessons, Activities and Resources from waddeeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maps, Charts, and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press
  • Teaching Kids the Reasons for the Seasons
  • Book Recommendation: Sunshine Makes the Seasons
  • The Orange, Flashlight and Tilted Axis Demonstration
  • Time Zones, Prime Meridian, International Date Line

Maps, Charts, Graphs Geography Series from waddleeahchaa.com

Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maps, Charts, and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press

Why we love this curriculum series:

This week we are continuing with the mapping skills lessons and activities in our Geography for Kids series. We are building on last week’s Lesson on Latitude Longitude.

Maps, Charts, and Graphs is a highly reviewed series. I’m not a workbook type of teacher; however, this simple series engages students in beginning map reading activities and teaches them how to communicate graphically. It’s almost like each page is a scavenger hunt using symbols and maps. This week we are continuing the mapping skills lessons and activities in our Geography for Kids series. Maps, Charts, and Graphs is an easy and consistent way to incorporate mapping skills into weekly lessons.

MacGyver has been working his way through this series for several years. He completes one section each week. He began with neighborhoods and is now learning about states and regions including longitude and latitude. He reads and finishes each assignment totally independent. Miss Enigma began with neighborhoods this year.

You can read the description of skills taught in each book to determine a starting point for your child. *If you are the winner of this Books for Kids GIVEAWAY you can pick the level that is appropriate for you child.

Geography for Kids Lesson 5

Time Zones and The Reason for the Seasons

Teaching Kids the Reason for the Seasons from waddleeahchaa.com

Supplies:

  • A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
  • Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklin M. Branley
  • orange
  • flashlight
  • Sharpie marker
  • stick pin

Teaching Kids the Reason for the Seasons from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 1: Read, Research and Learn

  • We began by reading aloud from both A Child’s Introduction to The World p. 18-19 and Sunshine Makes the Seasons.
  • A Child’s Introduction to The World p. 18-19 introduces the Prime Meridian, the International Date Line and Time Zones. This is a fairly easy concept for my kiddos since we have friends in Cambodia, exactly 12 hours difference between us.
  • Sunshine Makes the Seasons clearly illustrates and explains how the earth’s axis is tilted.
  • We followed the directions in Sunshine Makes the Seasons for both learning about Day & Night and The Reason for the Seasons.

Teaching Kids the Reason for the Seasons from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 2: Make the Earth and the Axis

  • Push a pencil through an orange from the top to the bottom.
  • Mark the top with an “N” for the North Pole.
  • Mark the bottom with an “S” for the South Pole.
  • Use a Sharpie marker to draw a line around the orange halfway between the two poles. This is the equator.
  • Stick a pin in the orange about halfway between the North Pole and the equator. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere this represents where you live.

* We used this orange when we did our Night & Day Experiment earlier in our Geography for Kids Series.

Teaching Kids the Reason for the Seasons from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 3: Circle the Axis Around the Sun

  • Shine a flashlight on the earth.
  • Hold the orange so the North Pole is titled away from the flashlight.
  • Turn the orange all the way around.
  • The northern half of the earth has short days and long nights.
  • It is winter and it is cold.
  • Without changing the tilt of the axis, move around the sun.
  • As the sun shines on the earth, you can see the changing of the seasons.

Maps, Charts, Graphs Geography Series from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of

Maps, Charts and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press

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What is your favorite season? Why? Do you like to bundle up on cold winter nights? Do you like to pick fresh tomatoes during those hot summer days? Inquiring minds want to know? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 20, 2014

(Happy Easter!)

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, April 21, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth April 17, 2014 at 2:28 am

I was relieved to see the reason for the seasons was sunshine. For a minute there I thought you were already to the birds and the bees. Phew!

Elizabeth April 17, 2014 at 2:31 am

In my navigation class our teacher did an exceptional lesson on the earth rotating around the sun and on the impact of seasons. I really wish I had video taped it. It would be an excellent visual for the kids.

All the adults were impressed!

Chris April 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

Fantastic ideas as always! Thanks for sharing!

Jeannine April 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Chris, thanks for joining us here at waddlee-ah-chaa!

maryanne @ mama smiles April 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I love the orange experiment!

Jill B. April 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Spring & fall are both always so welcome…appreciate these ideas and resources for incorporating into 4th grade science!

Tiffany April 21, 2014 at 6:27 am

It use to be fall but after this last winter I may have to change it to spring.

Jeannine April 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

We’ve had the strangest spring this year! The weather is always changing here in South Texas but this year it has warm one day and then winter hits again. Very strange. I have a feeling we’re going straight into summer this year!

Jeannine April 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

Mary Anne, I liked the orange experiment because it was much easier for the kiddos (and me) to actually see the tilt of the earth as it revolves around the sun.

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