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This is a complete packet consisting of three lessons about the origin of the solar system, the sun, and the planets. Work in this packet is meant to be self-directed; learners go at their own pace and instructions direct them on how to proceed through the readings and activities. Each individual lesson consists of reading passages chucked into small sections for easy comprehension and followed by check for understanding and/or inquiry activities. Answers are provided for all the activities.
Students investigate the planets in our solar system. They conduct research using a variety of resources in order for students to make cognitive connections with the demonstrations made by the teacher. Students discover how to recognize the planets in the night sky, and how planets and stars differ from each other.
Students complete an in-depth study of the known planets in the solar system. As a class, students identify the planets that are known in the universe, in the night sky. They explain the differences between planets and stars and the prograde and retrograde motion of the planets.
Young scholars research characteristics of planets using a number of resources including the Internet, encyclopedias on-line, and print material. They create a presentation based on the prescribed criteria using at least one visual aid and write an appropriate level research paper.
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