Friday, September 20, 2013

Rotation vs. Revolution

The next topic in Hunter's interactive geography notebook is the Earth's rotation on its axis and revolution around the Sun.  We touched on this in second grade, and will visit it again in much more depth in future earth science classes, but I felt it was an important concept to review in geography this year as it is crucial to understanding concepts like climate and biomes.  

Here's the 2-page spread we created to help solidify Hunter's understanding of rotation vs. revolution:

It's a mishmash of ideas from Pinterest, including this anchor chart.  

Here's a better look at the Rotation page:

After adding the title, Hunter glued on the picture of the Earth tilted on its axis.  When the glue was dry, he used a fine point marker to add lines indicating rotation.  (We sketched these lines with a pencil first, to avoid making mistakes in ink!)  Finally, he added his notes.

The Revolution page was a little more complicated:

First, he cut out the Sun and the Earth.  Next, we measured out a rectangle of cardstock in a length that suited our page.  He glued the Earth to one end of the piece of cardstock, then punched a hole in the other end and added a reinforcement sticker.  Using a brad, we poked a hole through the center of the Sun, passed it through the hole in our cardstock strip, then used the brad to secure them both to the notebook page.  Careful not to fasten it too tightly, or you won't be able to move the Earth.

When this was finished, Hunter added his notes to the page.

For a free download of the graphics we used to create these pages, click here.  Three different sizes are included to accommodate different notebook sizes, or if you'd like room for more content on the page. 

Happy Homeschooling!