Astronomy Day from McDonald Observatory Solar System Scale Activity

Add a visual aid to your solar system lessons. Enthusiastic astronomers create a model depicting the nine planets and their distance from the sun. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create a solar system themed bulletin board with images and the planet acronym, M,V, E, M, J, S, U, N, P
  • Schedule time in the library or on mobile learning devices to search information about the solar system
  • Assign a report on the solar system or specific planets, and have learners share their findings with the class 
Classroom Considerations

  • A sentence strip and a pencil are required for each participant 
  • Scholars should be familiar with the nine planets and relative locations from the sun 
Pros

  • Provides a mnemonic device to aid in remembering the planets order in our solar system 
  • Information about Pluto and its dwarf planet status is available on the last page 
Cons

  • None