RUTHERFORD COLLEGE SCIENCEAchievement Standard Science90954 V1:Demonstrate understandingof the effects of astronomical cycles on planet EarthResource reference: Science 1.15AResource title: Astronomical cycles and their effects on Planet EarthCredits: 4 Achievement Achievement with Merit Achievement with ExcellenceDemonstrate understanding of Demonstrate in-depth Demonstrate comprehensivethe effects of astronomical cycles understanding of the effects of understanding of the effects ofon planet Earth. astronomical cycles on planet astronomical cycles on planet Earth. Earth. Student instructionsIntroductionThis assessment activity requires you to present a visual presentation showing yourunderstanding of the effects of astronomical cycles on planet Earth.The spin and tilt of Earth, the orbit of Earth around the Sun, and the orbit of the Moon aroundEarth, has a profound effect on the conditions on Earth. To do this assessment activity youwill need to use images, diagrams, and notes.Demonstrate an understanding of at least two of the following.The astronomical cycles: The spin of Earth The orbit of Earth around the Sun The orbit of the Moon around the Earth The effect of the tilt of Earth and the heating effect of the Sun.The effects on Earth: Day and night Seasons Changes of temperature during the day and night Changes of temperature with the changes in season at the North and South poles, latitude of New Zealand, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, and the Equator. Formation and the direction of winds in the Southern hemisphere Direction of surface ocean current flows in the Pacific Ocean Phases of the Moon Formation of tides Neap and Spring tides.
Task1. Research(a) Collect information about at least TWO of the astronomical cycles listed AND their effects on Earth. This information should include images, diagrams, statistical data and general information.(b) Gather your research into a folder to allow you to use it when you write your report. This folder will be needed in the week starting October 15th (Week 1, term 4). You may be given some class time for research, but some homework time will be necessary.2. Report(a) You have 3 periods (3 hours) in class during week 1 Term 4, to use the information in your resource folder to produce a visual resource. This will be done individually, under exam conditions. The report may be a poster or a written report with images or diagrams.(b) Images and diagrams from your research folder may be used, but explanations must be in your own words.(c) In your report: Clearly describe at least TWO astronomical cycles from the list given AND explain all of the effects each has on Earth. Explain the links between the different astronomical cycles (and their effects) you have chosen. ie. How do they influence each other? Evidence/Judgements for Evidence/Judgements for Evidence/Judgements for Achievement Achievement with Merit Achievement with ExcellenceThe student has demonstrated The student has demonstrated The student has demonstratedunderstanding of the effect on in-depth understanding of the comprehensive understandingplanet Earth of astronomical effect on planet Earth of of the effect on planet Earth ofcycles. The student has: astronomical cycles. The astronomical cycles. The presented a resource student has: student has: that contains some or presented a resource presented a resource all of the following: as for Achievement as for Merit visual images, included paragraphs included further images, information, diagrams, that explain effects of data, and diagrams to and data these astronomical show how different arranged the above to cycles on Earth. astronomical cycles can describe the links have more than one between the relevant effect on astronomical cycles and Earth.Accompanying the effects on planet paragraphs explain how Earth. the different cycles and effects are linked and can influence one another.