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A spherical and spinning Earth

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Describe constellations of stars in the night sky.
  • Describe the planets that can be seen with a telescope.
  • Describe evidence that shows the Earth is shaped as a sphere and that we live on its surface.          
  • Explain why the Sun is a star and not a planet.         
  • Explain how we know that most stars are much, much further away than the Sun.
  • Describe how the Sun appears to move in the sky.
  • Describe how a spinning Earth can make the Sun appear to move across the sky
  • Explain how the day/night cycle is caused by the spinning Earth.           
  • Explain how the movement of the stars in the sky prove the Earth is spinning.     
  • Explain why stars cannot be seen in the sky during the day.

The resources include details of common misconceptions and a summary of the research upon which the resources are based.

Download the zip file for all the questions and activities.

More resources like this can be found on the BEST webpage:  Best Evidence in Science Teaching

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