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Crash Course Kids


1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th



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  • Videos, 4 minutes, CC, Subtitles

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Earth's Rotation & Revolution

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  • This fun and animated episode from Crash Course Kids explains the Earth's rotation and revolution, where students will learn about the tilt of the Earth's axis, the seasons, day and night, and Earth's orbit.
  • The Investigation section encourages you to follow along with their experiment, using a globe and lamp to demonstrate day and night, and the changing seasons.
Teaching Tips


  • The wrap-up after each new idea and the definition box that shows up while explaining a new concept are beneficial.
  • The conclusion makes the students reflect on something new and enhances their critical thinking.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The teacher may want to have access to the materials for the hands-on activity.
  • There may be ads at the beginning of the video.


  • Support Group: The teacher could pause the video when Sabrina gives a summary to check for student understanding.
  • Students could write down the definition of the new concepts shown in the small boxes in the video.
  • The teacher could ask students to do the hands-on activity and write down their observations and draw conclusions.
  • Other recommended resources include Earth's Seasons and Effect of Latitude on Climate.
Scientist Notes
This resource introduces Earth's rotation and revolution in the solar system. This process explains the variation of solar radiation and seasons across the globe. The resource has no contradiction and thus, it is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe
      • 1-ESS1-2 Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.
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