My Scale Universe
by Tiny Space Adventures
Understanding the size of the universe is difficult, and trying to teach it is even harder. From the smallest fundamental particles to the largest celestial objects in our universe, bring it down to scale with these fun hands-on activities.
This 90 page pack covers: Earth-Moon system, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy and Universe. That's 15 activities at 50₵ each!
Types of lessons include: scale models, worksheets, booklets, number lines and lots of math calculations. Calculations are broken down into step by step procedures for easier comprehension and answers keys are provided.
All activities are in black and white for easier copying, and some also include additional color copies (if you wanted to print, laminate and make more durable).
Activities are labeled for their difficulty level as Easy, Medium or Hard. However, modifications can be made easily on most activities to adjust for students’ needs.
Earth-Moon Scale Model: Too Many Balls (Level: Medium)
Mathematically figure out which type of ball represent the size of the Moon if the Earth is the size of a basketball, and then calculate the scale distance between them.
Solar System Scale Model: Foldable Solar System (Level: Easy)
An easy-to-do representation of the planets in our solar system. Find the scale distances through either a teacher-led activity of folding adding machine paper or a student-led activity using a ruler to measure the given distances.
Solar System Scale Model: One Square at a Time (Level: Medium)
Create a linear scale model of the solar system by calculating the number of toilet paper squares equivalent to each planet’s distance from the Sun.
Solar System Scale Model: Edible Solar System (Level: Medium)
Create an edible scale model of the Solar System using different kinds of candy. Requires measuring distances with a ruler.
Solar System Line-up (Level: Easy-Medium)
Using scale distances from the Sun, place each celestial object on a number line that uses non-conventional counting. Answer a few questions about the data.
Milky Way Map (Level: Easy)
Give students a sense of their location inside the Milky Way Galaxy by creating a visual representation. Use the image provided to label major parts of the Milky Way galaxy including the spiral arms, Sun, Galactic Center and a few other stars.
Galaxy Art (Level: Easy)
Using the template provided, decorate your galaxy with colors and/or glitter.
How Old? Travelling through the Milky Way (Level: Hard)
Find out how old you would be if you could travel to the center of the Milky Way galaxy at the speed of light. Five comprehension questions included. Calculator that can compute large numbers required for this activity.
My Journey through the Milky Way Galaxy (Level: Easy-Medium, depending on which version you choose to use)
Create a book about places you would pass if you went on a journey to the center of the Milky Way. Two versions available- text already included, and blank space for student to write facts.
Universe to Scale: Size & Distance (Level: Easy)
This is a good prior knowledge assessment or pre-unit activity. Students will arrange celestial object cards according to their own ideas of size and distance.
Scale Distances: Exponential Notation Worksheet (Level: Easy-Medium)
This worksheet asks students to write each number in exponential notation format.
Scale Distances: Solar System Matching Worksheet (Level: Easy-Medium)
Match each number to the object in our world/solar system that represents it.
Powers of 10 Solar System Worksheet (Level: Medium-Hard)
Students must use the given values to complete the data table. For each astronomical distance, write the missing power of ten (10⁰-10⁸), approximate distance (km) or scaled distance (mm-km).
Scientific Notation in our Milky Way Worksheet (Level: Medium)
Given the average distance from Earth in both miles and light years, students must convert each number to scientific notation form. Exponents range from 10⁻⁵ to 10¹⁷.
An Exponential Universe (Level- Hard)
Great activity for stations or groups! This activity allows the students to see a visual representation of powers of 10. Create a number line using exponential notation, and then arrange picture cards according to each number.
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