Perhaps my favorite thing about living in northern New England is the amount of daylight we have in the summer. I enjoy the early sunrises even more than I do that late sunsets (before I had kids it was the other way around). The longest day of the year is coming up and if your kids, like my kids, have questions about why it’s still light outside at bedtime, take a look at these short lessons.
SciShow Kids offers a nice video that can help K-3 students understand why the length of daylight changes throughout the year.
Reasons for the Seasons is a TED-Ed lesson appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. The lesson explains the relationship between the shape of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, the Earth’s tilt on its axis, and how those affect the amount of sunlight on different areas of the Earth.
And for a little perspective on winter vs. summer solstice here’s a great side-by-side time-lapse of the winter and summer solstices in Manchester, England.