Two short teacher backgrounds
give you an introduction to the planets, the asteroid belt, and the dwarf planets.
Use a PowerPointpresentation
* to introduce our solar system to students. Help them understand the size by creating a scale model of their classroom
, a scale model for the Earth and the Moon
, a scale model for the Sun and the solar system
and a scale for getting to the stars
. Scale the planets by diameter
, use seeds to create a model
, and then play Planet Jeopardy
Create a scale model of the solar system outside
or use toilet paper tubes, a meter stick, and string to create a model that fits in your classroom
and stores easily for future classes!
Read a short text
about the solar system and then choose from twelve one- or two-page texts
for students to read about the bodies in the solar system, including: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, the Asteroid Belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. The text and images are from NASA.
It's difficult to predict how long to plan for this product - two weeks to four weeks depending on your schedule and how many days a week you teach science!
This product could be added to unit that meets NGSS standard MS-ESS1-3♦.
Need other astronomy
products? Check out eclipses
, inner planets
, our solar system
, outer planets
, phases of the moon - older students
, phases of the moon - younger students
, and sundials
. We even have a solar system BUNDLE
and a phases of the Moon BUNDLE
to save you money!
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♦ MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.