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EARTH IN SPACE

Earth- seasons . . .
Earth’s Moon
Eclipses - solar and lunar
Planets

EARTH- seasons, day & night, orbital cycles . . .

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Seasons/ day and night - Earth on Earth
Using a globe in the sunshine to show how day/night and the seasons work
Earth on Earth  
Seasons: the effect of our tilted Earth
An indoor demonstration explaining the changing seasons
Seasons  
Temperature on Earth - Hot or not?
Investigating how latitude affects the amount of solar radiation received
Hot or not?  
Earth’s orbit, tilt and wobble - Milankovitch cycles and the Earth – by hand
Modelling the Earth’s squashed orbit, tilt and wobble using your hands
Milankovitch cycles by hand  
Earth’s orbit and spin - Screaming roller coaster
How fast am I travelling (due to Earth’s spin and Earth’s orbit)?
Screaming roller coaster  

EARTH’S MOON

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Craters on the Moon
Why are the Moon’s craters such different shapes and sizes?
Craters on the Moon Extension
Video (Portuguese)

ECLIPSES - SOLAR & LUNAR

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Solar - Eclipse: Why does the Sun disappear?
Demonstrate what happens when the Moon hides the Sun
Why does the Sun disappear?  
Solar and lunar - Eclipse the lollipop
Modelling eclipses of the Moon and the Sun with a ball, lollipops and a bright light
Eclipse the lollipop  
Solar and lunar - Eclipse: What would an eclipse look like from the moon?
From the moon, what would the Earth look like during a) a solar, b) a lunar eclipse on Earth?
Eclipse from the moon?  
Phases of the Moon - Jaffa moon
Modelling the phases of the Moon using Jaffa CakesTM
Jaffa moon  
Phases of the Moon - Lollipop moon
Modelling the phases of the Moon with a ball, lollipops and a bright light
Lollipop moon  
Phases of the Moon - Polystyrene moon
Visualising the phases of the Moon using a ball on a stick
Polystyrene moon  

PLANETS

Title & Description Activity More Ideas and Video
Playground planets
Modelling the relative sizes of the planets and their distances from the Sun
Playground planets Extension