How Long Does It Take for the Earth to Go around the Sun?

It's one of those questions that seems simple, but is it? Watch as an interviewer asks people how long it takes for the Earth to go around the sun — and their surprising responses. The video provides a humorous look at a basic earth science concept.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Pose the question to the class and watch for pauses, puzzlement, and (hopefully) no wrong answers
  • Incorporate the resource into a solar system unit as an icebreaker
Classroom Considerations
  • Ensure younger learners know the correct answer before watching the video to guard against misconceptions
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Video illustrates how common knowledge tends to become less common after we leave school behind
  • The reasoning behind the answers can provide cues to help you diagnose gaps in learning
Cons
  • None