This 35-page file will help you teach a hands-on space lesson about the size and distance of Earth and our moon!
The only materials needed for this investigation include:
- 1 ball of play-dough for each student (cheap and easy recipe for DIY play-dough included!)
- 1 ruler or meter stick for each student
- trash bags to cover your floor if you have carpet (optional, but recommended)
Included in this packet are the following:
- 1 page of notes to you, which include the standard (TEK, because I teach in Texas) I teach with this lesson
- 2 pages of a cheap and easy homemade play-dough recipe
- 4 pages of a lesson plan with an "I can" statement, an essential question, step-by-step procedure for the activity, and evaluation piece
- 8 explanation pages (to show to students) about how and why scientists make scaled models to represent objects in our world
- 18 pages (to show to students) that give instructions for how to do the scaled Earth/moon activity and pose questions for students to answer in a science notebook or in a whole-class discussion
- 1 page follow-up activity that asks students to draw the objects in our solar system in the correct order with the appropriate color
- 1 page of blank template so that you can write your own questions or prompts by using the "desktop annotate" feature in ActivInspire or screenshotting the page and importing into a photo-editing application
This is a great activity for teaching students more about how scientists use and make models, and about the vast size of our solar system.