Spinning Earth – It’s Fidget time. Year 3 Science

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Rotation vs Orbit

This lesson requires spinning tops or fidgets, depending on your school’s rules on fidgets.

Aim: To teach students the difference between rotation and an orbit.

Preparing: Ask students how a fidget or spinning top works.

Presenting:

Now we understand how a spinning top works you can explain that this is how the earth’s rotation works.

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Full Proof – Sun (S01E04) Watch clip Starting at 1:17 till 3:10

What is an orbit?


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Journey Into Space With Dr. Duffy And Grace – Why Does The Moon Change Shape (s01e04)

Use this to explain how an orbit works. Have children play a game of duck, duck, goose. Stand in the middle of the circle and be either the earth or the sun. As the students run around the circle explain that this is an orbit.

Alternatively, you can use a hula hoop to represent an orbit and explain that orbits are fixed due to gravity and that they rotate around a central point.

Applying:  Have students explain how the earth rotates is like a spinning top and how orbit is like a hula hoop or a game of duck, duck, goose.

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