Map a Model Solar System

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Creating a solar system map is a snap thanks to a hands-on activity! Science scholars explore the solar system by building it wherever they choose during an interactive from PBS's Space series. Users pick both the location and scale for their models, then examine the diameters and orbital radii of their creations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Project student models and incorporate them into the large group discussion
  • Include some background information on the Oort Cloud to get the class thinking beyond the solar system
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes pupils are familiar with the concepts of diameter and the orbital radius
Pros

  • Displays the model on a Google Map for the desired location, bringing real context to the concept of scale and proportion of the solar system
  • A helpful tutorial makes the lesson easy for individuals to complete on their own
  • Great discussion questions let learners share their models and ensure an understanding of scale and proportion
Cons

  • None
Common Core