Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground is a collection of fully illustrated online astronomy activities for older children from Harvard University. In-depth explanations accompany each activity.
The Native American Indian Resources site beautifully parallels the Lakota story of seasons with the corresponding scientific explanation, including illustrations. Appropriate for older children and young adults.
This graphing activity from Que tal? in the Current Skies is designed for 12–16-year-olds and includes a detailed explanation of seasons along with a “tool box” of links to other sites.
Michael J. Pidwirny of the Department of Geography at Okanagan University College in British Columbia offers an online textbook that includes an in-depth explanation of seasons for young and older adults along with tables, illustrations, and links to additional sites.
The Astronomical Applications Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory presents seasonal data pertaining to equinoxes, solstices, perihelion, and aphelion — both past and future — for young and older adults.
What do students really think is the reason for the seasons? Phil Plait reveals and dispels everyday misconceptions about seasons in his “Bad Astronomy” Web site. Good resource for educators.
Zoom Astronomy, a program of EnchantedLearning.com, offers a one-page explanation accompanied by a clear illustration of seasons. A seasons quiz is also available for older children as well as a simple printout for the younger child.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center imparts information about seasons for younger and older children along with seasons “buzzwords,” an animation, and an interesting link to the Native American folktale, “How the Seasons Were Set.”
Older children and young adult viewers can discover seasons skylore of Native American and other cultures. The site offers several one-page discussions and radio programs about seasons on Earth and Mars. Enter “seasons” in the search box.
Thursday's Classroom provides a tie between NASA research and the classroom through a multitude of links (including seasons myths and Native American skylore) along with lesson plans and activity sheets for ages 7– 9 and 10–14.
Children of all ages will enjoy this site from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, which includes the audio track from Vivaldi's “The Four Seasons,” as well as a graphic depicting Earth's position during the different seasons in our two hemispheres.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific's “Universe at Your Fingertips” is an online astronomy resource guide offering a large suite of activities pertaining to seasons for all age groups. Also provided are links to other Web sites.
The National Geographic “Xpeditions” site offers educators a detailed and comprehensive collection of seasons activities and lesson plans for all ages. Also helpful are lesson extensions and related links.
Journey North's “Mystery Class” project invites children ages 12–16 to locate “mystery classes” in cities around the world by analyzing data about sunlight and seasons. Educators will enjoy this free instructional Web site and may order a one-hour video and fifty-page workshop guide to supplement it.
Back to top
January 4, 2007