Give students a better understanding of their relative weight on different planets as they have fun finding out how heavy or how light they would be elsewhere in the solar system! This activity has students take either their own weight (or another weight of their choosing) and use it to calculate their weight on other planets in our solar system and the moon. They also calculate the weight of a zebra and a textbook on the other planets.
Note: Because it revolves around weight, this activity can pose a tricky situation. If we feel that we just can't do it in a particular class, instead we list several common weights on the board (a bike, a desk, a backpack, etc.) and let the kids pick what they'd like to use to substitute for the "my weight" category. That being said, for our classrooms it has worked to give a big warning of "No comments on weight allowed, good or bad, about yourself or about anyone else." We've have never had a problem, and students love this activity!
Also check out this resource for covering GRAVITY - Graph Mass and Distance vs. Gravity Activity
- it hits the standard perfectly!
Also check out our popular Moon and Tides Test
for middle school.
Tides Graphic Organizer
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Earth’s Rotation and Revolution Activity
Compare Weight and Mass Worksheet
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