Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes of the Planets

Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes
Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes
Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes
Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes
Subjects
Grade Levels
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Resource Types
Product Rating
File Type
Compressed Zip File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
How to unzip files.
0.37 MB   |   13 pages

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This activity will satisfy the visual and kinesthetic learning styles of your middle school students! Students work in groups to create a scaled model of the solar system by calculating and measuring the specific distance to place each "planet" from the "sun".

There are two versions of the activity depending on the abilities of your students...one requires more calculations.

You will need these materials per group (I put these items in a sandwich bag for each group):
- a roll of cash register paper (you can buy these at Staples or Office Max)
- 2 "seed beads" (the tiny beads for making beaded jewelry)
- 2 black peppercorns
- a racquetball
- a fishing bobber (the plastic red and white kind)
- a marble
- a small bouncy ball with diameter of approximately 2 cm
- a set of the Planet Information Cards
- a meter stick

This file contains the student instructions, which includes a short vocabulary "fill in the blank", the data table, reflection questions and vocabulary review sheet. Also included are the answer key that has the exact measurements that each planet should be from the "sun," and the Planet Information Cards, on which is the data that the students use for the lab.

Check out my Tour of the Solar System Introduction to the Planets Activity as a possible lead-in to the scaled model!

Enjoy!
Sunrise Science
Total Pages
13
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 hour

Average Ratings

4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
4.0
Total:
18 ratings
COMMENTS AND RATINGS:
Please log in to post a question.
PRODUCT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
$2.50
Digital Download
ADD ONE TO CART
User Rating: 4.0/4.0
 (97 Followers)
$2.50
Digital Download
ADD ONE TO CART
Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes
Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes
Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes
Scaled Solar System Activity: Relative Distances and Sizes