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Hands-on Activity

Solar System Scale

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Summary
Students will gain an understanding of the comparative size of the objects in our Solar System and the great distances between them.
Overview
Topic: Building a scale model of our Solar System

We will complete two activities. One to compare the size of the objects in our Solar System, and one to compare the distances between the objects in or Solar System. The latter will be done outside if possible.

Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of the size of the planets in relation to each other and our sun and moon.
  • An exploration of the distances between objects in our Solar System.
Objective
In this activity, students will explore the vast distances between the planets in our Solar System and also compare the size of our sun to the planets and our moon. The students will use small household or edible objects and compare them to the sizes of the Solar System bodies. Ultimately the students will walk the Solar System, placing the sun, then planets in order as they walk outward toward Pluto, our dwarf planet. Then in small groups the students will create posters depicting a new planet in our Solar System and where in orbit it would travel.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 3 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

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