This is a brief arts/crafts lesson I use during our scientific notation unit. To better show how scientific notation can be used, I have students convert astrometric data.
Each student is given an assigned planet/celestial body. They then cut out the shape, and trace it on colored construction paper. Then the label the planet/celestial body, and convert the given data (such as distance from the sun, diameter, etc.) into scientific notation.
1) 1 Instruction sheet for the teacher
2) 13 different templates and data (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Sun, Moon, Ceres, Ganymede) *Note* some of the larger templates are on 3-4 separate pages - cut out the parts & tape them togeter