Learning objects Earth rotation: sky watch

TLF ID L1128

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation affects the view of objects in the sky. Use a camera on the Earth's surface to compare views of sunrise, sunset, the movement of the Moon and position of the stars. Compare views from space with views from the Earth. Answer a series of questions by experimenting with the model. For example, work out the time of day from given views. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students use a model to relate day and night to the rotation of the Earth.
  • Students relate the changing position of the Sun, Moon and stars in the sky to the rotation of the Earth.
  • Students predict whether it will be day, night, sunrise or sunset for a particular location shown on a model of the Earth.
Educational value
  • Provides opportunities to explore how the rotation of the Earth affects the objects seen in the sky.
  • Includes an animated model that can be manipulated to determine how the Earth’s rotation is related to the visible cycle of day and night.
  • Tests understanding of key concepts through an interactive quiz.
  • Supports repeated use by random variation of questions.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    Concept
    • Science/Earth
    • Science/Solar system
    • Science/Sun
    • Science/Night and day
    • Science/Astronomy
    Skill
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Comprehension Activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC 3130 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive 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 kbps connection due to the use of rich media content.
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements