Reasons for the Seasons
Reasons for the seasons (RFTS for short) is an interactive learning resource that leverages the popular Google Earth virtual globe. It is designed to help students and members of the public visualize and understand the multiple factors that influence Earth's seasons.
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Geospatial reasoning
- Critical evaluation of why seasons on Earth are caused overwhelmingly by Earth's tilt and not significantly by variation in the distance from the Sun.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description and Teaching Materials
Open this KML file in Google Earth: RFTS_Local.kml (KMLFile 389bytes May11 20)
Open the Reasons for Seasons User Guide (Acrobat (PDF) 1.7MB May11 20) to guide students and instructors through the resource.
Teaching Notes and Tips
Please see the paper "Exploring the reasons for the seasons using Google Earth, 3D models, and plots" by Declan De Paor, Mladen Dordovic, Paul Karabinos, Stephen Burgin, Filis Coba, and Steven Whitmeyer. International Journal of Digital Earth, 2016. Exploring the reasons for the seasons using Google Earth, 3D models, and plots (Acrobat (PDF) 5.2MB Jan29 19)
Assessment using pre and post tests are described and discussed in detail in the published paper, and can be found here: Reasons for Seasons Pre/Post Test (Acrobat (PDF) 50kB Jan29 19)
References and Resources
Google Earth itself can be downloaded from [link https:// http://www.google.com/earth/desktop].