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Model Solar System

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The sun's diameter is 864,337 miles—challenge learners to create a scale model of the solar system that fits in your classroom. Scholars make conversions and work with scientific notation as they create the scale model. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create an interdisciplinary project with the science department
  • Have classes work in collaborative groups, each responsible for a different section of the model, and come together as a full class to create the comprehensive model
Classroom Considerations
  • Lab activity requires an assortment of spherical objects, rulers, and modeling clay
Pros
  • Includes an extension idea for high achieving learners 
  • Provides suggestions on how to best facilitate the hands-on activity
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