A Scale Model of the Earth's Atmosphere
Middle schoolers create a scale model of the layers of the Earth's atmosphere on a long strip of adding machine tape. They use the model to compute the real distances, compare the measurements of each layer and answer questions on a worksheet.
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The Road to Proportional Reasoning
Just how big would it really be? Young mathematicians determine if different toys are proportional and if their scale is accurate. They solve problems relating scale along with volume and surface area using manipulatives. The last day of...
6th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
An Inflated Impression of Mars
Help your class understand the magnitude of the distance between Earth and Mars with an activity that asks small groups to use balloons to create scale models of the Earth, Moon, and Mars. Class members figure out the distances between...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed