Lesson 8: Reason for the Season

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How does the weather affect living things?
  • How and why does the weather change?
  • What causes the seasons?

Facts and Definitions

  • The Earth revolves or orbits around the Sun one time every year.
  • The Earth tilts on an axis.
  • The hemisphere closest to the Sun has the warmest weather.


  • Observe and record weather changes over time and relate to time of day and year. (S)
  • Discuss and determine how energy from the Sun warms the land, air, and water. (S)
  • Observe and record changes in weather and season. (S)
  • Use symbols, find locations, and determine direction using maps and globes. (SS)


  • crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • lamp
  • magazines
  • poster board
  • rubber band
  • stickers
  • tennis ball or other small ball
  • world map or globe


Materials: world map or globe
Ask your child to name the four seasons and to describe the weather in each season. Ask him to identify north, south, east, and west on a map or globe.


  1. Fill out your weather log each day as outlined in Lesson 1.
  2. Record the air pressure as outlined in Lesson 2.
  3. Record the speed and direction of the wind as outlined in Lesson 4. This should be your 5th and final entry.