Math Adventures Through the Solar System
by Tiny Space Adventures
8 FUN math activities included to help your students practice their math skills and learn a little bit about their place in their solar system!
Solar System Long Jump
Students figure out their average long jump on Earth, and then based on the gravity of each planet, calculate how far that jump will be on each planet. Measurements are compared to Earth objects and then students place their data on a line graph.
Solar System Age
Based on the time it takes each planet to orbit the Sun, students calculate their age for each planet and then find measures of central tendency (mean, medium, mode and range).
Solar System Weight
Based on the gravity of each planet, students calculate their weight. Students will then graph their results and then find/calculate the measurements of central tendency.
Solar System Far and Away
Find out how far each planet is from the Sun by doing addition problems. But be careful, each problem is dependent on the previous one for the answer.
Solar System Road Trip
Discover how long it takes to travel from Earth to each planet in our solar system by graphing the data.
Solar System Scale
Based on the distance from the Sun, estimate how far each planet would be using counters, and then calculate the real scale distance from the Sun using division.
Earth Moon Scale
Based on the distance from the Earth, estimate how far the Moon is from the Earth, and then the distance of the International Space Station relative to the Earth and Moon. Measure distances.
Solar System Size
How many Earths can fit into each of the outer planets? Use planet statistics to calculate the radius and volume of each planet to find the answer.
Extensive Background Information provided on the planets and other relevant issues to this lesson.
Activities meet standards grades 5-8 for Common Core Math, Common Core Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects and the Next Generation Science Standards
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Note: this is only a sampling of the the activities provided in the lesson.