Hello, I recently conducted a 1st grade lesson over a book called We Are Grateful by Traci Storell, the book went over the seasons and the different celebrations in each. I decided to do a class mural to teach students about the different seasons and the weather associated with each one. What other science activity would also be able to teach the same concept?

Thank you,

Gretta Uribe

Gretta Uribe
Gretta Uribe
230 Activity Points

Hi Gretta! 

While I don't actually have specific activity ideas for how to teach this, I do feel inclined to encourage you to teach about the why behind seasonal changes, even at the 1st grade level! Changes in seasons, temperatures, and daylight-hours have common misconceptions connected deeply to them, even in adults, with such ideas as Earth moving closer and farther away from Sun as it rotates in orbit. Of course, 1st graders have a developing view of how the universe works, so ideally, nuggets of deeper truth (in this case, Earth revolving on a "tilted" axis and the angle at which Sun's light hits it) can be taught while instructing on more grasp-able concepts (seasonal changes on earth).

Keep seeking great activities - way to integrate art!! 

Joy

Joy Miller
Joy Miller
1455 Activity Points

Joy,

I absolutely agree that it is important to teach the why behind the seasons. This is a big misconception even in adults that can easily be explained. I can imagine students in a circle around a lamp in the middle of the room representing the Earth's orbit around the sun. You could put tape on the floor for them to stand on. Then proceed with guided questions that incorporate tilting (perhaps through having students reach towards/ away from the lamp).

Camillia Ledbetter
Camillia Ledbetter
785 Activity Points

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