During the final weeks of this term we looked closely on the relationships between the Sun, Earth and Moon.
Firstly we undertook a role play where 1 student was playing the Sun and stood still shining brightly with a torch whilst another student was Earth and orbited the Sun whilst spinning. This helped us see how day and night occur depending on what part of the world you live in.
We also used a map of Australia to show which part of the country receives sunlight first which is Queensland and New South Wales. We then discussed time zones and because the sunlight shines on the Eastern part of Australia first, it is the reason why they are ahead of Adelaide for time and why Perth is behind us as they are the last to receive the sunlight.
We then looked at the Sun, Earth and Moon together and we learnt that:
- The Earth makes one complete rotation on its axis once a day (24 hours)
- It takes 1 year for the Earth to orbit around the Sun.
- It takes approximately 1 month for the Moon to orbit Earth once.
- The Moon would orbit around Earth 12 times each year.
- The Sun does not orbit or spin.
We then worked in small groups and used the ipads to act out how the Sun, Earth and Moon orbit in Space. Some groups were very creative and added some humor into their play.
What did you enjoy the most about this lesson?
What did you learn about the Sun, Earth and Moon?
Can you write an interesting fact about either the Sun, Earth and Moon that we did not discuss in class?