The History and Scale of the Solar System

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Take scientists beyond our earthly reach and into the solar system. Pupils create a model of the solar system and discuss strengths and weaknesses of their model. They calculate distances in light years, discuss the nebular theory, and conclude with information pertaining to formation of the universe.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • Allow individuals to play the role of a reporter and research debris as it comes close to the earth's surface; prompt them to write a dialogue and present it to the class, along with predetermined information to include
  • Instruct pupils to prepare a model of one planet in the solar system, adhering to the most complete information we currently understand
Classroom Considerations
  • Assist ELL's throughout the activity
  • This is the first lesson in a series of seven related resources
  • Graphics are eye-catching and generate interest in learners, especially those already interested in the solar system
  • Material is laid out in a creative and simple manner for adequate and streamlined teaching
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