Earth's Rotation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Students love to learn about the world they live in. This lesson plan uses a text lesson and a hands-on activity to teach about the earth's rotation. Ask engaging questions and assess student understanding with a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the Earth's rotation, including concepts of night and day
  • discuss the importance of the Earth's rotation
  • use key vocabulary appropriately


1 hours


  • Beach balls
  • Paper plates
  • Brads
  • Paper cut into small squares (about a quarter of a page each) and cut into 1x8-inch strips
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Copies of the lesson Earth's Rotation: Lesson for Kids, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Rotation
  • Axis
  • Twenty-four hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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