In this session children shed light on how day and night is created on Earth, international time zones and why their length changes throughout the year. They then take a safe look at sun spots on the surface of the Sun.
Suitable for Year 5 pupils.
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I used this presentation to teach Rotation in grade 1. As a part of Light and Dark unit we were learning what makes day and night. The ppt is good to use for the main input. There are a few gifs, so it looks better in Slide Show mode.
The main presentation is a PowerPoint with animated sequences showing how the rotation of the Earth results in night and day.
Readme (instructions for whole lesson)
Learning Outcomes (PowerPoint)
Starter Activity (PowerPoint and Worksheet)
Main Activity (PowerPoint with worksheets and answer sheets)
Lesson Notes (hand-out)
Plenary Activity (PowerPoint and worksheet)
It is intended for all science teachers but particularly those who are not physics specialists. It is, primarily, aimed at 11 to 14 year old pupils but can also be used with younger pupils as a precursor to a more in-depth study of this topic. Normally, the activities would fill a 45 to 60 minute lesson.
If you buy this resource, please print the Readme document as it contains the instructions and details of the files included.
The learning outcomes are based on Bloom’s taxonomy of hierarchical classification: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The lesson title and learning outcomes are:
Why Do We Have Night And Day?
to describe the Earth’s 24 hour cycle and how this results in day and night
to recognise the effect that the tilt of the Earth’s axis has on the northern and southern hemispheres
to compare the relative times of day in different parts of the World.
The activities have varying degrees of differentiation; please refer to the Readme document.
This activity allows pupils to learn the difference between diurnal
and nocturnal animals, understand that when it is day here, it is
night on the other side of the world, and that it is light when the
Sun comes up and it is dark when the Sun goes down. At the
end, pupils build a model of the Earth and can experiment with
day and night.
This is a presentation that can be used to explain to pupils how day and night happens. The presentation covers the spinning of the Earth and the axis. This is a good introduction to the concept of day and night or as a revision resource. I hope that you find this useful and you will leave feedback if you use it.
The starter activity is a glossary, matching key words to their definition. It is differentiated for higher and lower (higher have ore words)
The presentation then discusses why we experience night and day. There are lots of youtube links to help visual learners.
The main activity requires children to shade in a diagram and then explain why we experience night and day.
Higher children have key words and need to write their own sentences
Lower children fill in missing words
SEN children have first letter of each missing word
Please note I do not own any of the pictures or videos used in these resources.
Images of night and day with simple sentences and questions. Pictures of nocturnal animals with labels. What do we do in the daytime? coloring sheet idea for continuous provision. Please leave a comment if you have time!
These look great when they are finished. I have given clear instructions on the first sheet and pictures of an example which I created. The trick is to keep the pictures as simple as possible so that the children can recreate them for day and night. They are a bit difficult to display, but children are fascinated by seeing the difference from one side and then the other.
Are you teaching about night and day, light and dark or about shadows and how they form? Then this night and day bundle is perfect for you! There are photos, writing prompts and fun games to play with your class. Try it today!
Day and night KS2 lesson plan and worksheet:
- day and night KS2 lesson plan.
- worksheets for KS2 day and night
There is a PDF of all of the files and an editable version of each file (you just need to delete the watermark logo from each of the editable files).
You can find more KS2 Science lesson plans, worksheets and teaching resources on the Save Teachers' Sundays