Seasons - Grade 2
Students should not only know the seasons and the characteristics of each one, but they can begin to understand what causes the seasonal changes in our world. See Full Product Description.
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Make sure students know that "autumn" and "fall" are the same thing.
By the intermediate grades, students should not only know the seasons and the characteristics of each one, but they can begin to understand what causes the seasonal changes in our world.
NOTE: Because so much of our nation's population has moved to the deep south and the southwest, many students will not recognize the "seasons" as they appear in traditional books. In Florida, for example, it is spring when the robins leave. Trees drop their leaves in the spring in Florida. Be sure to find ways to define the "seasons" no matter where you live.
Make a chart that shows sunrise each day and graph the number of daylight hours throughout the school year. By mid-winter it will probably be dark when students rise for school - and by spring, the students will be able to clearly see the difference in the number of hours of daylight as the earth moves around the sun.
Use the tried and true method of demonstrating seasonal changes by darkening the classroom and then shining a flashlight on a globe that is tilted on its axis. Show that when the sun shines directly down on a part of the earth, it is hotter and it is summer and the days last longer. Then move the globe to the other side of the "sun" (represented by the flashlight). Because the earth is then tilted away from the "sun," the sun's rays fall at an angle, so we get less direct rays of the sun and shorter days.