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Students make several models of the solar system to learn the positions of the planets in the solar system as well as relative distances and sizes. Creation of these models will help them identify the planets by size, shape, color, features, and position in the solar system. This lesson also includes practice of key vocabulary words as well as the skills of asking and answering specific questions.
Guide your class in this computer-based activity to explore Earth's spherical geometry and the concept of the Great Circle. Map projections and relative distances between places on Earth's surface are used to facilitate spatial and aspatial queries.
Very specific diameters are given for blowing up three different balloons to represent, in scale, the moon, Earth, and Mars. In groups of three, amateur astronomers explore scale measurements and distance in space.
Pupils discover the vocabulary used for distances in space and review measurement units and instruments before creating a scale model of the planets. They determine how to calculate the relative distances between the planets using a scale distance then display the distances by creating a model.
As a follow up to the Kahn Academy video on parallax, this video focuses on parallax as it relates to astronomical distance. Sal uses cardinal directions and the seasons to orient students in the proverbial night sky. After providing a context he connects parallax to the trigonometric equations necessary to determine a stellar distance. A background in trigonometry would be helpful to comprehend the application of parallax.
Students classify the planets in the solar system, study planetary objects, and measure the relative distance between planets. In this solar system lesson, students use toilet paper to complete a scale model of the distance between the planets in the solar system. Students find ways to classify the planets and their attributes. Students then visit the given websites to compare the Earth to the other planets and complete the various activities.
Learners calculate the distance using the distance formula. In this geometry lesson, students identify the distance a taxi cab travels. They relate distance to functions and relate it to the real world.
Young scholars consider the shape of the Earth's orbit around the Sun. They view the first segment of Science Court video and use Timeliner software to construct a scale of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Students study distance of planets in the solar system.  In this solar system lesson students complete an activity that helps them to determine the distances of planets. 
Students calculate the distance and velocity over time. In this algebra lesson, students graph a linear function to represent the distance vers time travel. They interpret their graphs and draw conclusion.
Young scientists gain a better understanding of space, the solar system and its vastness by creating a scale model. Students first need to calculate the distance between each of the nine planets according to the size of their scale. This can be done using calculators and a conversion chart, however a conversion chart is not included in this resource. After calculating the distances, small groups measure out these distaces on adding machine tape and draw the plants, making a scale-sized univer
Pre-algebra protégés critique a graph depicting Tom's trip to the bus stop. They work together to match descriptive cards to distance-time graph cards and data table cards, all of which are provided for you so you can make copies for your class. Large images are also provided for you to project as you explain the activity to the class. This thoroughly written lesson plan contains every thing you need to be well-prepared for meeting Common Core standards in your middle school math class!
Students measure the actual size and distance of the solar system using scale and ratio. They watch and discuss a video, create a distance-scale solar system model, and compare the scale sizes of planets to their actual sizes.
Students apply estimation strategies and proportional reasoning to determine a scale comparing the planetary bodies to Earth. They convert measurements of time and distance using scientific notation. Both the metric and customary units will be applied.
Sixth graders calculate a light day, light hour, and light minute from the standard of a light year. After establishing the distances, a one meter scale is created to demonstrate the distance between the sun and the planets of our solar system.
Students construct an Earth/Sun model of planet revolution that incorporates the orbital geometry concepts. They record Earth/Sun relative distance and Sun nadir observations acquired from model simulation of Earth's relative position and geometry at each solstice and equinox.
In this Pythagorean theorem and distance formula worksheet, young geometers use the two formulas to find the distance between points. They complete 12 problems.
Eighth graders study geological time and distance.  In this geology lesson plan students divide into groups, draw conclusions and test their idea. 
Not novel, but fun, this lesson gets your space science learners to model the size of the planets and the solar system along your school's hallway. Scaled measurements as well as actual distances are provided for both planet diameters and distances between them. With this information, learners cut planets from construction paper and hang them at the appropriate distances.
Third graders brainstorm on what they believe they do on their summer vacation. They explore how family and relatives are important in their lives. They read along with their teacher a book about relatives.

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