Seasonal Change on Land and Water

In this worksheet-based activity, students review global visualizations of incoming sunlight and surface temperature and discuss seasonal change. Students use the visualizations to support inquiry on the differences in seasonal change in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and how land and water absorb and release heat differently. The activity culminates in an argument about why one hemisphere experiences warmer summers although it receives less total solar energy.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

An additional assessment strategy for students should be designed to ensure student understanding of the lesson and to prevent misconceptions from being developed.

Educator should set the stage for the activity with a demonstration of the reason for the seasons.

If a color copier/printer or computer projector are not available, there is an opportunity for students to color their own diagrams.