Night and day rotation animation

Night and day rotation animation
Publication Date: December, 2013
Type of Resource: Video/animation

This online resource demonstrates why we have night and day.

The Flash-based interactive resource shows different views of the Earth as it rotates, showing how this causes day and night.

An accompanying quiz strategically asks questions that gives teachers the opportunity to dig deeper into student thinking with questions such as "why do you think that?" and "If that were true, what would you expect to happen if?".

Students can then use the interactive to check their ideas.

Additional Information

Scootle is a program developed by Education Services Australia and is freely available to Australian educators. Use of the site's resources requires logging in via your local education network or by registering directly with the Scootle website.

This interactive resource is flash-based and so doesn't work on an iPad.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 3 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated... > ACSIS053
  • Year 3 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day > ACSSU048
  • Year 3 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships > ACSHE050