Leap Year

Thirty days hath September…but why the heck does February have 29 every four years? In the BrainPOP movie on leap years, you’ll learn exactly why we need to fiddle with the calendar in order to keep it consistent with the movement of the earth around the Sun. Tim and Moby will give you a brief history of the calendar we use today and explain how Julius Caesar himself helped establish it! You’ll learn why the Western world had to adopt a new calendar system in the 16th century and the rules this new system set for planning leap years. As a bonus, Tim will explain some of the other calendars used around the world today--and Moby will reveal how his computerized internal calendar celebrates leap year. Hop on in and learn!

Tilting Temperatures Lesson Plan: Seasonal Temperature Changes vs. Global Climate Change

  In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore how the tilt of the Earth creates seasonal temperatures. Students will learn how global warming is caused by changes in the Earth’s atmosphere, and develop a plan to reduce their personal carbon footprint. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »
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