Scale Activities

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How do you put something as large as the universe in perspective? Use a series of scale experiments. Classmates collaborate around four experiments to examine the scale of the earth-moon system, our solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, and stars throughout the universe. Thoughtful questions included in each procedure guide learning and provoke critical thinking.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide models of the solar system to younger learners to help with visualizing distance
  • Use the bonus questions to stimulate class discussions around experimental results
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have some prior knowledge of the placement of heavenly bodies within the universe
  • Place class members in groups of two to three
  • Teachers can modify all four experiments to include different age groups
  • The experiments examine four different levels of scale, beginning with the earth-moon system and ending with the scale of individual stars in our vast universe
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