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Scale and Properties of the Solar System NGSS MS ESS1-3

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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90 pages
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Students will learn about the scale and properties of objects in the solar system by using mathematical thinking in these great hands-on labs. Students will analyze and interpret data to understand the properties of objects in the solar system.

This resource is aligned with NGSS MS ESS1-3

MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

Students learn about the size and scale of planets in the solar system. They will gather and analyze data from QR codes, websites, slide shows, and hands-on activities. After gathering data, the students will analyze and interpret data.

This resource includes:

  • two labs
  • a nonfiction article
  • interactive notebook flap
  • a slide show
  • QR code activities
  • quiz
  • answer keys

Students will use computational thinking to analyze data and learn more about the properties of objects in our solar system.  

The informational text article is aligned with the CCSS for 6th grade Reading Informational Text. Students love my high-interest nonfiction passages!

The two lab activities included are hands-on, using easy-to-find materials like string and large paper. Students will learn in a visual way about size and scale and distance in the solar system.

The labs include simple materials such as rope, paper, string, and tape. In these labs, students will create models to help them understand the data better.  Students will collect data from reputable websites using QR codes or clickable links. This resource also includes an assessment (quiz) in the style of end-of-year assessments. This is a perfect unit for students to compare properties of the solar system such as size and composition. NGSS MS ESS1-3

Science Concepts In this Unit Include:

Distance of planets in our solar system from the Sun

Comparing Sizes of planets in our solar system

Properties and characteristics of each planet

Scale and properties of objects in our solar system

Students will use science and engineering practices.

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems.
  • Developing and Using Models.
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data.
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking.
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions.
  • Engaging in Argument from Evidence.
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

This unit is designed specifically to address the concepts in the NGSS MS ESS1-3 standard. I have created resources for all the other standards for NGSS MS ESS1,

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Please see my other resources for NGSS Middle School Science

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Earth Moon and Sun Systems NGSS MS ESS1-1

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Total Pages
90 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. Emphasis is on the analysis of data from Earth-based instruments, space-based telescopes, and spacecraft to determine similarities and differences among solar system objects. Examples of scale properties include the sizes of an object’s layers (such as crust and atmosphere), surface features (such as volcanoes), and orbital radius. Examples of data include statistical information, drawings and photographs, and models. Assessment does not include recalling facts about properties of the planets and other solar system bodies.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.


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