Model and explain how Earth’s rotation causes the sun to move across the sky with this interactive flipbook.
5th Grade Science Activity
This interactive flipbook has students model how Earth’s rotation causes the Sun to “move across the sky” during the day. Students reinforce their perspective of the Earth-Moon-Sun model by simultaneously showing the system at different times of the day in 2 ways: the view from Earth looking up and the view from space looking at the whole system.
Print each student a 1-sided copy of the file. Students cut along the dotted line of pages 1-8. Once all flipbook pages are cut, students stack the 8 pages from largest to smallest, lining up the top. Stack pages face-up, with the largest on the bottom. Staple the 8 pages together across the top to assemble the flipbook.
Once the flipbook is assembled, cut and paste the Sun/Earth cards below into the book. Paste 1 Sun card in each “View from Earth” box along the curved line provided. Make sure the Sun’s position matches the time of day. Paste 1 Earth card in each “View from space” box on the designated pages. Make sure the rotation of Earth matches the time of day for the location you selected. Write in all explanations necessary using the blank lines in the flipbook.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons.
In addition to individual student work time, use this flipbook to enhance learning through small groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments.
If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:
🆘 Support Struggling Students
For students requiring additional support, have them begin by placing all of the Sun cards in the pages of the book according to what time of day it is (students can check their answers before continuing). Then have students place Earth cards in the book at midnight and noon. These times will show a one perspective from Earth during the day and one perspective at night where the location is on a 2-dimensional alignment with the center of the Earth and the Sun, allowing students to visualize multiple views of the system at the same time.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
Teachers may ask students to extend their reasoning and explanation beyond the blank lines provided, adding additional labels/captions to the diagrams. For an extra challenge, students may choose to model unfamiliar locations on Earth and research various aspects of that location’s geography, culture, wildlife, etc. These findings can be added to the book or recorded separately.
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This resource was created by David Steffes, a teacher in California and a Teach Starter Collaborator.
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