Reasons for Seasons- Rotation and Revolution of the Earth

by  Challenger Learning Center (Rochester, New York)

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This lively and interactive learning adventure focuses on differentiating between rotation and revolution, understanding day and night cycles, and appreciating the impact of Earth's tilt and revolution on the occurrence of seasons. With vibrant visuals, hands-on activities, and relatable examples, the "Reasons for Seasons" program ensures that students not only grasp important scientific concepts but also have a blast while doing so!

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About This Program


By Request: $325.00

If you are a public school district in the state of NY, you must submit a cross contract for these services to your local BOCES.


60-75 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:

No minimum is required.

Maximum participants:

Two connections maximum, max 24 participants per connection.

Primary Disciplines

Mathematics, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, STEM, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available by request only. Earliest start time is 8:00 AM EDT, and last bookable start time is 2:00 PM EDT.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance; otherwise, full payment is required. Cancellations due to a school closing is the exception. Cancellations due to technical difficulties are extremely rare, but in the event of such difficulty, the program would be rescheduled with the participating group.

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Challenger Learning Center (Rochester, New York)

Rochester, NY
United States

The Challenger Learning Center of Rochester, New York is a state-of-the-art learning facility. Our number one goal here at Challenger Learning Center is to inspire student interest in science and math. By questioning, measuring, hypothesizing, inferring, classifying, and interpreting, students apply the skills they’ve practiced in the classroom in an authentic assessment setting.

Amy Vallone

Program Details


This program begins with an introductory video and then the program goes live within the Green Screen Studio at the Challenger Center. approximately 60 min.

5 min. Intro to Commanders
5 min. Why do we have seasons?
5 min. What is Rotation?
5 min. Examples and student experiments
5 min. What is Revolution?
5 min. Examples and experiments
5 min. What does an Axis do?
10 min.Globe experiments and thermal detection
10 min. Assessment/space game show


1. Rotation/Revolution – what’s the difference?
2. Why we have day/night (rotation)
3. Why we have Seasons (tilt and revolution)

Standards Alignment

National Standards

As a result of activities in grades 3-7, all students should develop.

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

As a result of their activities in grades 3-7, all students should develop an understanding

Properties and changes of properties in matter
Motions and forces
Transfer of energy

As a result of activities in grades 3-7, all students should develop--

* Abilities of technological design
* Understandings about science and technology

NM-DATA.3-5.1: Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer

NM-DATA.3-5.2: Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data

NM-DATA.3-5.3: Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data

NM-DATA.3-5.4: Understand and apply basic concepts of probability

State Standards

New York State Learning Standards

1.1a Natural cycles and patterns include:
• Earth spinning around once every 24hours (rotation), resulting in day and night
• Earth moving in a path around the Sun (revolution), resulting in one Earth year
• the length of daylight and darkness varying with the seasons
• weather changing from day to day and through the seasons
• the appearance of the Moon changing as it moves in a path around Earth to complete
a single cycle.
1.1b Humans organize time into units based on natural motions of Earth: second,
minute, hour, week, month
1.1c The Sun and other stars appear to move in a recognizable pattern both daily and

S 1.1 Explore PI 2A Ask "why" questions in attempts to seek greater understanding concerning objects and events they have observed and heard about.

S 1.2 Explore PI 2B Question the explanations they hear from others and read about, seeking clarification and comparing them with their own observations and understandings.

S 1.3 Explore PI 2C Develop relationships among observations to construct description of objects and events and to form their own tentative explanations of what they have observed.

S 2.1 Explore PI 2A Develop written plans for exploring phenomena or for evaluating explanations guided by questions or proposed explanations they have helped formulate.

S 2.2 Explore PI 2B Share their research plans with others and revise them based on their suggestions.

S 2.3 Explore PI 2C Carry out their plans for exploring phenomena through direct observation and through the use of simple instruments that permit measurements of quantities (e.g., length, mass, volume, temperature, and time).

S 3.1 Explore PI 2A Organize observations and measurements of objects and events through classification and the preparation of simple charts and tables.

S 3.2 Explore PI 2B Interpret organized observations and measurements, recognizing simple patterns, sequences, and relationships.

S 3.3 Explore PI 2C Share their findings with others and actively seek their interpretations and ideas.

S 3.4 Explore PI 2D Adjust their explanations and understandings of objects and events based on their findings and new ideas