Solar System Model Project

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Challenge young astronomers to demonstrate their knowledge of the solar system with this fun open-ended science project. Provided with a short list of requirements, students are given the freedom to use their creativity and whatever materials they desire to create physical representations of our solar system.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use this as a culminating project for an elementary science unit on the solar system
  • Have children present their projects to the class, or display them during a school science fair
  • With older students, have them create a model that is to scale, not just roughly proporptional
Classroom Considerations
  • Considering the open-ended nature of this project, have a sample available to show learners what's expected of them
  • Depending on the age of your students and overall class schedule, determine how much in-class time you want to dedicate to the project
  • Students are asked to size the planets proportionally and provide three facts about each
  • A rubric is included that clearly explains the expectations for the project
  • Resource includes a due date for the project, which most likely will not correspond to your own class schedule