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What Causes Seasons?. We know that the reason we have day and night is because the Earth rotates. Rotate means to turn. The Earth rotating on its ______.

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1 What Causes Seasons?

2 We know that the reason we have day and night is because the Earth rotates. Rotate means to turn. The Earth rotating on its ______ gives us day and night. axis Earths axis is the imaginary line that goes through the center of the Earth.

3 But guess what! Rotating isnt the only way the Earth moves in space! The Earth also revolves. Revolve – When one object moves around another object

4 It takes the Earth one year, or 365 ¼ days to orbit the sun. Does anyone know what orbit means? Orbit - The path that an object follows as it revolves around another object. How long does one revolution take?

5 All over the world, people experience the four seasons.

6 Winter…

7 Spring…

8 Summer…

9 and fall.

10 But why do we have four seasons? Its because the Earths axis is tilted. Take a good look at our globe. Its not tilted like that because it looks nice. No way. Thats the way the Earth is tilted in space. That tilt gives us seasons!

11 Look at this diagram. Notice how the Earth is always tilted in the same direction. As the Earth __________ the part of Earth tilted toward the sun changes. revolves

12 During part of the year the North Pole tilts towards the sun. This season is ________. summer

13 During another part of the year, the North Pole points away from the sun. This season is ______. winter

14 When the North Pole is tilted toward the Sun, the Sun travels higher overhead in the sky. The Suns rays shine straighter down on that part of the Earth. It is summer in that part of the Earth. Its like pointing a flashlight at a piece of paper. When you hold the flashlight straight above the paper, the rays from the flashlight shine down straighter.

15 When the North Pole is tilted away from the Sun, the Sun stays lower in the sky. It is then winter in that part of the Earth. If you point your flashlight at a piece of paper at an angle, the rays from the flashlight spread out.


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