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Earth, Sun and Moon 2

Students answer questions about the movement of the Earth and the moon.

'Earth, Sun and Moon 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Earth and Space

Curriculum subtopic:  Sun, Earth and Moon

Difficulty level:  

down

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The Earth and the moon orbit the sun. The moon orbits the Earth.

 

 

Scientists understand the movement of the Earth and moon in space because of the effects that spinning and orbiting have here on Earth. For example: day and night and the seasons.

 

Without the heat and light from our nearest star, the sun, there would not be life on Earth as we know it.

 

Which TWO of these statements are true?

The Earth orbits the sun.

The moon orbits the sun.

The moon orbits the Earth.

The sun orbits the Earth.

The sun orbits the moon.

People believed that the sun moved across the sky during the day. We now know that...

The sun spins but the Earth does not.

The sun APPEARS to move because the Earth spins.

At night the moon blocks-out the sun.

This is the Egyptian sun god, Ra:

 

 

The Ancient Egyptians tried to explain day and night. They believed that, at night time, the sun...

went out

travelled through the underworld

went to bed

When it's daytime here, in Australia it's...

night time

daytime

winter

Which TWO of these explains why we see stars in the night sky.

Stars only come out at night.

We are facing out to space.

The light from the stars travels to Earth.

Aliens are having bonfire parties.

Which TWO statements are true about the moon?

It spins on its axis.

It orbits the Earth.

It does not rotate.

It stays in the same place.

Some questions are hard to investigate, so scientists gather EVIDENCE, just like detectives.

 

 

Which THREE pieces of EVIDENCE do we have that the Earth is a SPHERE?

When ships sail away, the bottom half (hull) disappears first.

The sun sets.

Ships can sail all the way around the Earth.

We have photographs taken from space.

There is no evidence - the world is flat!

The Earth looks blue from space because of the...

sky

land

oceans

ice

The sun is a...

a cylinder of burning gases

a ball of burning gases

a ball of ice

a ball of rock

The line at which the land and Earth appear to meet is called the...

 

horizontal

horizon

horoscope

  • Question 1

Which TWO of these statements are true?

CORRECT ANSWER
The Earth orbits the sun.
The moon orbits the Earth.
EDDIE SAYS
The moon orbits the Earth, which orbits the sun.
  • Question 2

People believed that the sun moved across the sky during the day. We now know that...

CORRECT ANSWER
The sun APPEARS to move because the Earth spins.
EDDIE SAYS
The sun appears to move across the sky because the Earth spins, or ROTATES in space. The sun does spin, because it's a big ball of gas!
  • Question 3

This is the Egyptian sun god, Ra:

 

 

The Ancient Egyptians tried to explain day and night. They believed that, at night time, the sun...

CORRECT ANSWER
travelled through the underworld
EDDIE SAYS
The ancient egyptians were very clever scientists, but they believed that the sun moved across the sky and then travelled through the underworld until dawn.
  • Question 4

When it's daytime here, in Australia it's...

CORRECT ANSWER
night time
EDDIE SAYS
When our side of the Earth is lit by the sun, Australia is in darkness because it's on the OPPOSITE side of the planet.
  • Question 5

Which TWO of these explains why we see stars in the night sky.

CORRECT ANSWER
We are facing out to space.
The light from the stars travels to Earth.
EDDIE SAYS
The stars are always there, but we can only see them at night.
  • Question 6

Which TWO statements are true about the moon?

CORRECT ANSWER
It spins on its axis.
It orbits the Earth.
EDDIE SAYS
The moon rotates and orbits the Earth.
  • Question 7

Some questions are hard to investigate, so scientists gather EVIDENCE, just like detectives.

 

 

Which THREE pieces of EVIDENCE do we have that the Earth is a SPHERE?

CORRECT ANSWER
When ships sail away, the bottom half (hull) disappears first.
Ships can sail all the way around the Earth.
We have photographs taken from space.
  • Question 8

The Earth looks blue from space because of the...

CORRECT ANSWER
oceans
EDDIE SAYS
The oceans give the Earth its blue colour because they cover a large part of the Earth's surface.
  • Question 9

The sun is a...

CORRECT ANSWER
a ball of burning gases
  • Question 10

The line at which the land and Earth appear to meet is called the...

 

CORRECT ANSWER
horizon
EDDIE SAYS
Because the Earth is a sphere, the curve of the Earth's surface seems to meet the sky. We call this the horizon.
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