Daily Archives: December 15, 2015

FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “Winter Solstice Activity”

by Science in the City

6th – 12th Grade


winter solstice


Search Terms: Solstice, Equinox, Seasons, Sun’s path, winter

This is a winter solstice activity. It is a great introduction or reinforcement to why we have seasons, and a fun, short, science activity to do right before a winter break.

It includes a little bit of information about winter celebrations around the world, and then an exploration into the ‘reason for the seasons.’ It is appropriate for middle school or high school.

This lesson can be done as a whole group activity with a projector to show the map, or by printing out the map ahead of time, or individual or small groups on a computer.

To see more suggestions for using this project, and activities for the other solstice and equinoxes, as well as associated websites and vocab activities, go to Solstice and Equinox Hours of Daylight and Seasons Lessons Pack

Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

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