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Revolving for the Seasons



Revolving for the Seasons

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     challenging words:    lengthen, pointed, topsy-turvy, directly, invisible, leaning, hemisphere, axis, beginning, belly, circle, dizzy, tilt, southern, sunlight, northern
     content words:    North Pole, South Pole


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Revolving for the Seasons
By Erin Horner
  

1     Spinning in a circle makes me dizzy. It makes my tummy feel topsy-turvy. If I had to spin in circles every day, I'd be really sick! I'm glad that the Earth isn't like me! It spins all the time. The Earth spins on its axis. This causes night and day. It also revolves or orbits around the sun. This causes the seasons.
 
2     The Earth's axis is an invisible line that runs through the center of the planet. The top of the axis, or most northern point, is the North Pole. The most southern tip is the South Pole. The axis isn't just invisible, it is also tilted. It is tilted at 23.5 degrees. This means that the North and the South Pole never directly face the sun, but they do lean towards it.
 
3     As the Earth orbits and spins on its axis, different sections of the Earth point toward the sun. When the North Pole is pointing towards the sun, more direct sunlight can reach that hemisphere. It is summer for that part of the world. When the northern tip of the axis (the North Pole) is leaning towards the sun, the southern tip (South Pole) is leaning away from it. This means that the southern hemisphere experiences winter.

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