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Why Do Seasons Occur on Earth? At lunch you overhear some of the kids at school talking about why it’s so much warmer during the Summer than it is during the Winter. Read their ideas below and decide which one you agree with most. Devon: “It’s because the winter clouds block heat from the Sun.” Lisa: “It’s because the Sun gives off more heat in the summer than in winter.” Omar: “It’s because Earth’s tilt changes the angle of sunlight hitting Earth.” Derek: “It’s because the Earth orbits closer to the Sun in the summer than in the Winter.” Simone: “It’s because one side of Earth faces the Sun and the other side faces away.” Susan: “It’s because the Northern Hemisphere is closer to the Sun in summer than in the winter.” >>>I most agree with: >>>Explain why that person's explanation is correct and the others are not:

Tanner Kent

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Why do seasons occur? (Formative Probe)

In click and edit the note to include who's explanation is correct and why you think so. When you are done then go read other replies & students who you agree with, and questions/rebuttals to others.

8th Grade, 7th Grade, 6th Grade, Science
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Omar is correct. This is taken from "Insolation and Seasons - Student Guide" & the New Vision for Public Schools curriculum. Originally derived from NSTA's Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes.