Worlds in Comparison

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Young astronomers follow a step-by-step procedure for dividing a lump of dough into parts, resulting in a scaled volume set of puny planets. Along with the printable directions is a template chart of planet names on which learners can place each model as it is rolled. Use this activity to go alongside lessons dealing with Next Generation Science Standard MS-ESS1-3. Even middle schoolers enjoy playing with clay!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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  • Provides an opportunity to independently follow printed procedures
  • Supports Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards

  • Since so much modeling compound is required, consider assigning the making of dough (recipe included) as an at-home pre-assignment
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