Winter Solstice

Mrs Morris had the chance to teach 4A and 4B again during the week while their teachers had a planning day. We investigated the Winter Solstice. 

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. It will be happening in the Southern Hemisphere this Saturday 21st June. After the solstice, the days will start to get longer again.

This video helped us understand more about the seasons, solstices and equinoxes.

Many people from different cultures enjoy celebrating the solstices each year. In some countries, like the USA, the solstices mark the first day of winter and summer.

Many 4A and 4B students noticed that the sun had been setting earlier and rising later recently. We investigated the sunrise and sunset times throughout the year to see how they change during each season.

The students worked with a partner to create a table in Pages on their iPad. They used the website timeanddate.com to calculate day lengths.

Bebe and Jaz investigated the 24th of each month over the last year.

Bebe and Jaz sunrise sunset table

Eevie and Alex researched the 8th of each month.

Eevie sunrise sunset table

Tip: click on the tables to make them larger.

What patterns can you see from looking at the tables?

What other facts could you share about the solstices?

6 thoughts on “Winter Solstice

  1. Dear 4A and 4B,

    What a terrific post about the Winter Solstice! I am always fascinated with seasons, especially when I think about how the seasons are the opposite in the northern and southern hemispheres.

    June 21 is going to mark the summer solstice here in North America. Summer will officially begin on that day. Until then, it is considered spring. School just got out on June 11, and families are now heading out on summer vacations.

    A few years ago, I took a fishing trip to the Arctic Circle with my husband. Because we were so far north, the sun never set! If you look at the post, there is a picture of me pointing at the clock and the window. The clock reads 12:00, as in midnight. However, it is still sunny outside! What do you think it is like in the winter in the Arctic Circle? What is happening in the Antarctic Circle right now? How many hours of daylight will they get on the winter solstice?

    Here is a link to my Arctic Circle post:

    http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/visit-arctic-circle.html

    Warmly,
    Mrs. Y♥llis
    California

  2. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    Thank you for commenting on the blog. Its great to know that you used your time to comment.

    It’s great that you went to the Arctic Circle on a fishing trip with your husband. We looked at the photo of you guys and you look very happy! I cant believe it was in the middle of the night.

    Although we are both in different parts of the world, we still celebrate the solstices on the same day. Our summer solstice is on December the 22 and our winter solstice is on June 21. So that means your summer solstice is on June 21 and your winter solstice is on December 22.

    Some facts we learnt when doing this activity:
    – June 21 marks the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere
    – December 22 marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere
    – The Earth spins on an axis of 23.5 degrees
    – Seasons acer because of earths rotation around the sun
    – As more energy hits the Southern Hemisphere it becomes summer
    – As less energy hits the Northern Hemisphere it becomes winter
    – Two times in a year the day and night is approximately the same length

    Got 2 Go,
    Ella, Nelly and Mollie.C 🙂

  3. Dear 4A and 4B,
    It was good learning about what is happening in our world. The winter solstice was a really interesting subject to learn about.

    What did you learn about the Solstices and Equinoxes? What do you want to learn more about with the Equinoxes and Solstices?

    Chat Soon,
    Emma and Daisy 😉

  4. Hello everyone, this is Summer’s mum Bec! Family blogging month is a great idea and hopefully we can get a few members of our family involved. We are currently holidaying in Bali and the blog is a awesome source of information for us to keep up to date with what’s going in at BHPS

  5. Hello everyone, this is Summer’s mum Bec! Family blogging month is a great idea and hopefully we can get a few members of our family involved. We are currently holidaying in Bali and the blog is a awesome source of information for us to keep up to date with what’s going in at BHPS

  6. Hello everyone, this is Summer’s mum Bec! Family blogging month is a great idea and hopefully we can get a few members of our family involved. We are currently holidaying in Bali and the blog is a awesome source of information for us to keep up to date with what’s going in at BHPS

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