Week Nineteen Science Lessons: Rotation and Revolution

Grade 5 Science

Week nineteen Lessons

This week we will continue the Space Unit. This week we will cover the effects of Earth’s rotation and revolution. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

science lesson rotate revolve (free)

TEKS/ Standards:

(C) demonstrate that Earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours causing the day/night cycle and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky; and Readiness Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can demonstrate Earth’s rotation and revolution, and explain its effects.

Essential Questions:

Monday – Where do we get our natural light during the day? Is it the same source of light at night time?

Tuesday – How does the Earth’s rotation affect our day?

Wednesday – How does the Earth’s revolution affect our year?

Thursday – How does centrifugal force affect the ocean tides?

Friday – What is the importance of the tilt of the Earth’s axis?  What would happen if it wasn’t tilted?

Word Wall Words:

Rotation/ Rotates

Revolution/ Revolves

Lesson Ideas and Materials:

Materials:

Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Sun, Earth, and Moon Interactions

Earth and Space Anchor Charts

Earth Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

(Monday) Students will complete a simple seasons review and the Sun, Earth, and Moon Interactions Inventory Part I to see what they think before the lesson. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Sun, Earth, and Moon Interactions

(Tuesday) Students will read an informational text about the Sun, Earth, and Moon Interactions and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Sun, Earth, and Moon Interactions.

(Wednesday) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. –Science and Literacy Sun, Earth, and Moon Interactions. Students will complete the Rotation vs Revolution notes and the Rotation and Revolution T-chart in their notebooks- Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

(Thursday) Students will complete  and observe the Moon Phases model board lab.-Science and Literacy Sun, Earth, and Moon Interactions. Complete the Earth’s Rotation Anchor Chart as a class. –  Earth and Space Anchor Charts The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

(Friday) Continue the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations this Friday. Only 12 weeks before the STAAR Science!

Additional resources:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

2nd Grade Earth and Space Science Notebook

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week.

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