Assessment resource Seasons: Sun’s energy: assessment

TLF ID L8968

Test your understanding of the heating effect of the Sun on Earth. Use interactive models to investigate this effect as Earth rotates on its axis and orbits around the Sun. Interpret these factors to answer questions. For example, use your interpretation of the models to answer questions about the Sun's heating effect during summer and winter. View and print an assessment report. This assessment object is one in a series of three objects.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students relate the Earth’s rotation on a tilted axis and its revolution around the Sun to seasons.
  • Students relate the changing angle of the Sun’s energy striking Earth and its passage through the atmosphere, to the heating effect on Earth.
  • Students relate the changing angle of the Sun’s energy striking Earth to Earth’s rotation on a tilted axis and its revolution around the Sun.
Educational value
  • Assesses students' understanding of the relationship between the Earth's rotation, its orbit of the Sun, and the Sun's heating effect.
  • Allows students to manipulate interactive models to investigate Earth’s orbit and factors causing variation in the Sun’s heating effect.
  • Includes a printable report showing the student's inputs and achievement of the learning outcomes.
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
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Gayl O’Connor
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Technical implementer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Script writer
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia
    • Script writer
    • Script writer
    • Subject matter expert
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing 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
    • Initial load time may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64 kbit/s connection due to the use of rich media content.
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.