Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Worldly Wednesday: The seasons

There are two main activities I was able to come up with regarding fall and social studies. First, study why we have different seasons and how the northern and southern hemispheres experience opposite seasons at the same time. Second, study the Greek myth about why we have seasonal changes.

hemisphere: half of the Earth; can be north/south or east/west
Equator: an imaginary circle around the "middle" of the Earth, an equal distance from both the North and South Poles

-Here is a lesson plan to show how the seasons change.

Greek Mythology
Hades, the god of the underworld, fell in love with Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest. Hades carried Persphone off to the underworld to be his wife. Demeter searched everywhere for her daughter before Zeus, king of the gods, finally told her where Persephone was. It was finally decided that Persephone would spend half the year living with Hades and half the year living with her mother. During the time that she was living with Hades, Demeter was so miserable, all the plants withered and died, but when Persphone was with her mother, Demeter rejoiced and the the plants could thrive again.

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