What is the Winter Solstice? - Definition & History


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What is the winter solstice?

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1. Why don't we have days of equal length throughout the year?

2. By how much is the earth's axis tilted from a line perpindicular to the plane of its orbit around the sun?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the winter solstice. Some of the material you'll be assessed on includes a description of the winter solstice as well as what the winter solstice appears like at the North Pole.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Description of the winter solstice
  • Reason for different length of days
  • Tilt of the Earth's axis
  • Winter solstice near the North Pole
  • Celebrations of the winter solstice

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the winter solstice
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about celebrations of the winter solstice throughout history in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the tilt of the Earth's axis and its relationship to the winter solstice
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reason we don't have days of equal length throughout the year

Additional Learning

To learn more about the winter solstice, review the accompanying lesson called What is the Winter Solstice? - Definition & History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Differentiate the winter solstice from the summer solstice
  • Explain why we don't have days of the same length throughout the year
  • Relate the ways various cultures celebrated the winter solstice throughout history