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Assessment resource Seasons: Earth's orbit: assessment

TLF ID L8966

Test your understanding of why some parts of the Earth experience seasons. Create a model to show the relationship between the Earth and the Sun, and use it to explain how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine the seasons in the different hemispheres. Using a simplified model of the Earth and Sun, predict how the seasons will differ in different locations on the Earth. For example, predict what season it would be in Melbourne, Australia, when it is winter in Beijing. Once you've completed all the tasks, you can view and print out an assessment report. This assessment object is one of a series of three objects.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students describe the Earth's rotation on a tilted axis and its revolution around the Sun.
  • Students relate the Earth's rotation on a tilted axis and its revolution around the Sun to seasons.
  • Students relate the changing elevation of the Sun in the sky to seasons.
  • Students relate the changing elevation of the Sun in the sky to day length.
Educational value
  • Assesses student understanding of the relationship between the Earth and the Sun, and why some parts of the Earth experience seasons.
  • Assesses understanding by asking students to position the Earth in its orbit to correspond to important annual astronomical events, using a simplified model of the Earth and Sun.
  • Assesses student understanding and interpretation through multiple-choice questions.
  • Allows students to manipulate an interactive model of the Earth and the Sun to investigate the seasons and related phenomena.
  • Helps student understanding by showing simultaneous views of the Earth from different viewpoints.
  • Includes a printable report of the student's performance.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Multiple choice questions

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Gayl O'Connor
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Script writer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Script writer
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Assessment resource
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.