Utah Lesson Plans
Material Type:
Upper Elementary, Middle School
  • Digitalscience
  • Gale
  • UOL
  • UOL3-5
  • UOL6-8
  • Uollesson
  • Uolscience
  • Worldbook
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    Seasons of the Year

    Seasons of the Year


    This resource is a Science student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, World Book Encyclopedia, Digital Science Online, and Gale's Science in Context to help students learn about the seasons of the year. 

    About Utah’s Online Library

    Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

    This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

    Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


    Essential Question: How do the seasons of the Earth affect our lives?

    When it’s summer in Salt Lake City and Chicago, it’s winter in Rio de Janeiro and Sydney, Australia. Why? Direct students to the science resources in Utah's Online Library to research and explain how the tilt of the Earth and its orbit around the sun produces the seasons. World Book Encyclopedia has easy-to-access information as well as a great graphic showing the tilt of the Earth on its axis. Digital Science Online has 3 short videos that help explain the tilt of the Earth. Gale’s Science in Context has dozens of articles and other resources including a 4-minute video about the seasons from Khan Academy.


    Curriculum Connections:

    SEEd - 4th Grade

    SEEd - 6th Grade