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Learning objects Seasons: Earth and the Sun

TLF ID L5775

Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Examine the heating effect of the Sun. For example, explore why it is colder at the poles than at the equator. This learning object is part of a series of four objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students describe the Earth's rotation on a tilted axis and its revolution around the Sun.
  • Students describe why the Sun's heating effect is weakest at the poles.
Educational value
  • Illustrates and explains the Earth’s orbit and factors causing variation in the Sun’s heating effect.
  • Allows students to manipulate an interactive model of the Earth in its orbit to investigate phenomena.
  • Helps student understanding by showing simultaneous views of the Earth from different viewpoints.
  • Tests student understanding and interpretation through multiple-choice questions.
  • Provides structured feedback to student input.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Earth
    • Science/Heat
    • Science/Interactions
    • Science/Light
    • Science/Interdependence
    • Science/Sun
    • Science/Sky
    • Science/Science
    • Science/Temperature
    • Science/Seasons
    • Science/Weather
    • Science/Climate
    • Science/Conclusions
    • Science/Consequences
    • Science/Planets
    • Science/Observation
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Multiple choice questions
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Visual learning;
    • Demonstrations

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Script writer
    • Script writer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
    • Address: Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • 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
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.