Students will demonstrate that the Earth spins to give us day and night.
Concept: Earth's rotation causes the Sun to appear to rise
Intelligences: Integration of Spatial intelligence with Kinesthetic
1. Have students draw a picture of their home in the daytime and
at night. Discuss what they drew identifying the Sun, Moon and Stars.
2. Display students' day pictures on a wall and their night pictures
on the opposite wall.
3. Ask students why can't we see the Sun at night.
4. Discuss with students that the only looks like it rises and
sets but what really happens is Earth turns making the Sun appear as though
it moves across the sky.
5. Show students on a globe that United States is on the opposite
side of Earth from China. Tell students that in this activity, they are
Earth, their face is the United
States and the back of them is China.
6. Have students stand in front of their day drawings, place
their right hands over their heart and rotate themselves slowly (following
their fingers, from left to right) while paying attention to when their
day drawings disappear out of view and their night drawings appear until
they are directly facing the night drawings.
7. Discuss with students that their day pictures didn't move
yet they are completely out of vision. Discuss that in this same manner,
Earth turns away from the Sun.
8. Have students rotate until the day pictures are in front of
9. Discuss with students that it takes Earth 24 hours to spin
10. Introduce dusk, midnight, dawn and noon (midday) and repeat
Incorporate Math Concepts
Have students to make Day & Night stories to go with their drawings