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Date:

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ScienceSaurus Reading Journal


Read section 231 - 235 in ScienceSaurus (BLUE). Complete the Reading Journal as you read, then use
the information to answer the following questions.
Briefly summarize the MAIN IDEA here (1-2
sentences):

Answer these questions as you read:

231) Motions of the Earth and Moon 1. Define astronomy:


Main Idea:

233) Rotation
Main Idea:

2. A globe is a _____________-______________
_____________________ of Earth.
3. What direction does the Earth spin?

Explain the difference between


revolution and rotation. You can use
pictures to explain.

4. Explain how the Earths rotation is related to


the length of a day:

5. What is the orbital plane?

Word Watch!
6. ________________ is the Earths spin, once each ______________.
7. ________________ is the Earth moving around the sun, once each ______________.
234) Revolution and Seasons
Main Idea:

8. Define orbit:

9. To the second, exactly how long is a year on


Earth?
_______days, _____hours, _____ minutes,
and _____ seconds

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234) Revolution and Seasons (continued)


10. Summer solstice occurs about _____________________ when the Earths northern
hemisphere is tilted _____________ the sun.
11. Vernal equinox occurs about _____________________ where the tilt is
_________________________________________________ the sun.
12. Autumnal equinox occurs about _____________________ where the tilt is
_________________________________________________ the sun.
13. Winter solstice occurs about _____________________ when the Earths northern
hemisphere is tilted _____________ the sun.
14. Seasons are _________________ in the southern hemisphere.
235) Moon Phases
Main Idea:

15. How many phases does the moon go


through?

16. How long does it take for the moon to orbit


the Earth once?

17. Complete the diagram of moon phases as seen from earth by shading in the side of
the moon facing away from the sun in each stage of the lunar cycle. Use the diagram in
section 235 to help you.
Waxing Crescent
Waxing
Gibbous
Earth

Full

Sun
New

Waning Gibbous