Do middle school students really understand how immense space is? When we say "light year", do they really have a grasp for how far it is? This challenging astronomy worksheet shows kids how far a light year really is!
The first page of the worksheet uses math-based questions that aim to give kids a perspective on how far a light year truly is. They work through questions such as:
- If you travel 3 miles on the bus to get to school, how many miles will you travel on the bus during a school year?
- How many years would you have to go to school to travel 186,000 miles (1 light year)?
- How many years would you have to go to school to travel a light year?
The second part of the worksheet has a data table that has actual distances of several objects in space. Students use this information to figure out questions such as:
- If you were on a ship travelling about 17,500 mph, how old would you be when you got to the Andromeda Galaxy?
Be forewarned... the numbers are HUGE on purpose - kids get a sense of the real scale of distance!
ANSWER KEY INCLUDED
NGSS MS-ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
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