Earth Tilt Sun Patterns Seasons Card Sort Worksheet Assessment NGSS MS-ESS1-1


SKU: 9357121 Category: Tags: , ,


This 4-part easy prep, engaging and rigorous lesson will help your students to understand why there are seasons on Earth. This NGSS three dimensional resource covers the Performance Expectation “Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun system to describe the cyclic patterns of the seasons.(MS-ESS1-1)”.

What students do:

  1. Students individually do a virtual card sort.
  2. Students do a collaborative card sort.
  3. Students use the card sort to fill in the worksheet.
  4. Students do an assessment.

Save big and buy this resource in a bundle

This resource comes with the following:

-Hard copy cards to print, cut and place in ziploc bags

-Virtual card sort

-Vocabulary chart

-Key or vocabulary chart and card sort

-Google Form Assessment

The activity contains the following vocabulary:


Earth’s Tilt

Summer Solstice

Winter Solstice

Fall/Autumnal Equinox

Spring/Vernal Equinox





The NGSS Standards included:

NGSS Performance Expectation (PE)

Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun system to describe the cyclic patterns of the seasons.(MS-ESS1-1

Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI)

ESS1.B:  Earth and the Solar System

This model of the solar system explains that Earth’s spin on its axis is fixed in direction over the short-term but tilted relative to its orbit around the sun. The seasons are a result of that tilt and are caused by the differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year. 


The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.(MS-ESS1-2) (MS-ESS1-3)

ESS1.A:  The Universe and Its Stars

Patterns of the apparent motion of the sun, the moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, predicted, and explained with models.(MS-ESS1-1)

Science and Engineering Practices (SEP)

Developing and Using Models

A practice of both science and engineering is to use and construct models as helpful tools for representing ideas and explanations. These tools include diagrams, drawings, physical replicas, mathematical representations, analogies, and computer simulations .

Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC)


Observed patterns in nature guide organization and classification and prompt questions about relationships and causes underlying them.

Cause & Effect Events have causes, sometimes simple, sometimes multifaceted. Deciphering causal relationships, and the mechanisms by which they are mediated, is a major activity of science and engineering.

Systems and System Models

A system is an organized group of related objects or components; models can be used for understanding and predicting the behavior of systems.

Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems

Science assumes that objects and events in natural systems occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation. (MS-ESS1-1), (MS-ESS1-2)

Bill Nye Questions Waves Electromagnetic Spectrum
Claim Evidence Reasoning (CER): Autumn Equinox Can Fall on Different Days
ESS1.A & B PS4.A & B ESS2.A NGSS Integrated Scale of Universe Card Sort & Video
ESS1.A MS-ESS1-2 The Universe & Its Stars Astronomy Activity Scale Space Systems
ESS3.C NGSS Claim Evidence Reasoning: Climate Change is Bad for Humans
Earth, Moon and Sun PowerPoint and Guided Notes
MS-ESS1-1: Oreo Moon Phases Lab NGSS Modeling
MS-PS1-5: Chemical Reactions Simulation Conservation of Mass Close Reading Notes
MS-PS4-1 MS-PS4-2 MS-PS4-3 Waves Card Sort, Vocabulary Chart and YouTube Clips
MS-PS4-3: NGSS Analog Vs. Digital Wave Properties 5E Telephone Lab
NGSS Astronomy Resource Bundle: PowerPoint Labs Guided Notes Prezi Board Game
NGSS Analog Digital Card Sort PS4.C Information Technologies & Instrumentation
NGSS Black Holes & Galaxies Claim Evidence Reasoning Graphic Organizer
NGSS Claim Evidence Reasoning (CER) Big Bang Graphic Organizer
NGSS Claim Evidence Reasoning (CER) High Frequency Sound Waves
NGSS Claim Evidence Reasoning (CER) Water Found on Mars
NGSS Claim Evidence Reasoning The Mysterious Planet Nine Solar System Astronomy
NGSS Earth’s Orbit Around The Sun Stop Motion Movie
NGSS Electromagnetic Spectrum Waves Doodle Notes & PowerPoint
NGSS Expanding Universe Claim Evidence Reasoning Graphic Organizer
NGSS MS-ESS1-2 MS-ESS1-2 Evidence for Big Bang Theory Online CER Activity
NGSS Middle School Sound Waves Stations & Close Reading
NGSS PowerPoint Sound, Light, Digital, Analog, Transverse and Longitudinal Waves
NGSS Waves Electromagnetic Spectrum Properties Worksheet
NGSS Waves Light Stations Electromagnetic Phenomena


• All rights reserved by Williams Hands On Science, Inc.

• This product is to be used by the original purchaser only.

• Intended for classroom and personal use only.

• Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited.

• This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view.

• Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

If there are any errors or questions, please contact me through TpT or email me at:

Thank you for taking a look!

Please follow me on TpT for new products and check me out on Instagram for my products in action!


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Earth Tilt Sun Patterns Seasons Card Sort Worksheet Assessment NGSS MS-ESS1-1”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *