This week, my third graders are learning about the solar system. To kick off this unit, I wanted them to know the difference between how the Earth rotates around it’s axis versus how the Earch revolves around the sun.
To start off, we looked at a globe and learned about the term “axis” and then we learned our first way the Earth moves by ROTATING on it’s axis. I let each student have a turn “rotating” the globe.
To show REVOLVING. I walked around the room while I spun the globe on it’s axis. I let a few students try this too.
We then created this lovely anchor chart to help us remember key details about the two ways the Earth moves.
And then we made this fun little guy using:
black, yellow, green, & blue construction paper
On the back of this, I had them label “ROTATING” behind the Earth and “REVOLVING” behind the black bar. Easy enough and it helps them remember the concepts.