National Wildlife Federation: Summer Midnight Sun

Students build a three-dimensional model of the rotation of the earth to appreciate the extremes of daylight hours at different months of the year, and make connections between available sunlight and the growth and behavior of plants of the arctic.

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
✔ Demonstrate how the tilt of the earth and its rotation affects day length in the arctic (and seasons around the world).
✔ Explain how day length and available solar radiation influence survival strategies of plants native to the arctic.


Grade Level: 5-8; 3-4
Time Estimate: one to two class periods.
Subjects: math, physics, geography, science
Skills: analysis, application, comparison, problem solving


Science Topics
Astronomy, Botany
K-6, Middle School, Educator
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
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