This activity is great for a nice quite day in class or a sub plan, the kids get really into it and there’s no prep! Jigsaw activities are a cooperative learning strategy that empowers students to specialize in one aspect of a topic that they eventually use to teach their peers. In the case of this activity they will specialize in a planet. Students will look up given information and create a colorful flier filled with important facts about their assigned planet. Then the students hang their flier on the walls of the classroom for the gallery walk portion of the activity. This is where other students use the hand out to learn about every planet and fill in the worksheet. I split the class in 8 groups (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto). With this strategy, each student ends up learning about all the planets from their peer’s research and completes the “Jigsaw Puzzle”. I provide the student sheets, hand-outs and a key.
THIS PRODUCT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING NGSS STANDARDS:
ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System: The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.
THIS PRODUCT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CONCEPTS:
Describe the planet’s surface.
Describe the chemical makeup of planet’s atmosphere.
If you went there what would you experience?
If you went there what would you need to bring to survive for one day?
What’s it named after (Roman God)
Size relative to Earth
Rotation Time (Earth hours or days)
Rotation direction (clockwise/counter-clockwise)
Revolution time (Earth months or years)
Surface Temperature Range (Fahrenheit)
Your weight on this planet in pounds (show your math)
Distance to sun in Astronomical Units
Terrestrial or Gaseous planet
Has atmosphere: Yes or No
Has rings: Yes or No
Inner or Outer planet
14. Number of natural satellites (moons):
15. If present, name of best known moon:
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Try out some other Williams’ Hands on Science Astronomy labs and activities:
Human Sun Dial
Oreo Moon Phases Lab
Crashed on the Moon
The Sun Board Game
The Planets Board Game
Earth’s Orbit Around the Sun
Physical Science Growing Mega Bundle