Year 7 Earth and Space Sciences Resources
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Moon phase recording charts
Unlike ‘standard’ Moon phase recording charts which cover an entire Moon phase cycle (from New Moon to New Moon), these charts focus students attention on the New Moon through Full Moon period. The reason for this is to bring to student’s attention that if they observe the Moon at the same time each night over this period, they will be able to observe the Moon’s movement in it’s orbit around the Earth. The download page for both versions of this chart also contains a table listing the dates throughout 2015 when you would ask students to observe the Moon using this chart.
Moon Phase Flip books
Do you remember the old fashioned flip books? Here is a chance for you to make one with an astronomical theme – the phases of the Moon! I have prepared one for both the Southern and Northern hemisphere.
Simply print the four pages, cut apart the 32 images and glue them onto thin card. Staple or use a rubber band to secure the left hand side of the bundle and flick away! Note that you have will need to download the correct version for your hemisphere.
Moon Phases pre/post test photocopy master
Use this test to assess the knowledge of your students before and after you explore the phases of the Moon with them. The download page for this test also also includes an answer sheet.
Horizon sunrise and sunset horizon recording chart
Use the below chart to record the changing location of sunrise and sunset throughout the year.
Use this solar astrolabe to indirectly measure the altitude of the Sun. It is intended for use by students to conduct observations throughout the year of the Sun’s changing altitude in the day sky in the Southern hemisphere. Download the Adobe Acrobat file: Solar_Astrolabe_photocopy_master_V1
Students should use the below azimuthal grid recording chart to plot their results on.
Azimuthal grid recording chart
This chart is for students to use to plot the apparent path of the Sun or other celestial objects across the day or night sky. For instance, it could be used in conjunction with the above Solar astrolabe to record how the apparent path of the Sun across the day sky changes throughout the year.
Download the Adobe Acrobat file: Azimuthal_grid_recording_chart_V1
If you are a year 7 teacher and only have a couple of lessons to cover the seasons, I strongly suggest you take your class to your local planetarium. Ask the planetarium presenter to project the path of the Sun across the sky on each of the solstices and equinoxes and have your students record its path on the chart. They will be surprised at the differences throughout the year.
Interactive Sun Motion Demonstrator
This fantastic on-line resource can be used to show how the Sun’s location and movement changes depending on where you are on Earth.