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Sun science is the focus as students explore the Earth's rotation and revolution, the seasons, as well as night and day.
Explore the concept of the Earth's rotation. Using resources gathered for this lesson, students work in pairs to investigate how the position of the sun varies with the Earth's rotation. Prior to beginning research time, ask the class to propose focus questions for the investigation. Each pair of students will be responsible for keeping written records of their research findings.
Once team investigations are complete, each team will conduct an experiment. Begin with one member of the team holding a flashlight (the sun) and the other slowly rotating a large ball (Earth) with a small sticker on it. Challenge students to figure out whether it is day or night where the sticker is, based on the position of the sun in relationship to Earth.
Ask student teams to draw a 24-hour time line on roll paper with Crayola® Washable Markers. For each hour, decide whether it is day or night where you live, and what might be doing as the day goes on in summer and then in winter. How does the season affect whether it is light or dark during certain hours?
Student teams choose a time of day. Students paint themselves at self-chosen time of day in the appropriate clothing and activity for the season on white paper. Where will the sun (or moon) be in the painting? Use Crayola® Washable Paint and paint brushes. Mix small amounts of paint on paper plates to experiment with blending colors. All paintings to air-dry overnight.
Prior to displaying student paintings in 24-hour order in a hallway gallery, ask them to write a brief description of their artwork identifying the time of day illustrated. Students share observations about their paintings and subjects with classmates and visitors.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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Create an original pop-art repetitive portrait based on a study the life and work of Andy Warhol.
Create a 3-D braille chart simply with Crayola® School Glue, Markers and paper.
Display the 7 principles of Kwanzaa in a one-of-a-kind accordion window book.
Picasso’s art career spanned many decades and included a variety of styles and influences. Create a portrait collage ins
Create your own coral reef and learn about these delicate ecosystems.
Imagination and problem-solving go to work as children check out real bugs and create their own.
Protection of the world’s tropical rainforests is a key environmental strategy for keeping the Earth healthy. Demonstrat