Build Your Own Galaxy

Don't just look at pictures of the Milky Way galaxy, build it with this hands-on activity in which scientists recreate the galaxy we live in.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Visit your school library, or schedule time in class to use mobile learning devices to search for information about the Milky Way galaxy
  • Assign as an in-class or at-home project
  • Display class members' final products for Back-to-School Night or Open House 
Classroom Considerations
  • Craft materials necessary are cotton balls, polyester fabric batting, glue, string or yarn, a pencil, and glitter 
  • Scholars should be familiar with the Milky Way galaxy 
  • Instructions are written clearly and in detail 
  • Information about the Milky Way galaxy is provided to gain insight into the craft's scale 
  • Grading rubric is provided
  • None