Lab Experience

living scale solar system with students as components


interactive slide show of solar system, including comets and asteroids.


Prior to class, teachers had discussed the solar system bodies with the students and the students and drawn cards of each planet plus a comet and asteroid. Inside, the scale models of the planets were introduced, using a scale that made Earth the size of a kumquat. Outside, the students held their planet cards and were placed on the playground to showing the relative distance between planets. A third demonstration was to use pre-cut lengths of string to represent the distance from the sun to the inner planets, with students holding on to the strings and revolving about the sun.

Solar System Facts

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