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Science Lesson Plan: Our Solar System: I Wonder?

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Ever wonder why Pluto isn't considered a planet? Or how large the Earth is compared to the other inner planets? Explore the universe with a series of projects that simulate different aspects of our solar system. The activities require class members to apply academic skills, including using scale models to compare planets, to analyze Gustav Holst's The Planets - Jupiter, Op. 32, and to review the origins of the planets' Roman names.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create an interdisciplinary unit during a focus on astronomy and the solar system
  • Set up the activities as stations and have small groups rotate through each activity
Classroom Considerations
  • The lessons are not organized by skill; however, each lesson is complete on its own and in context of the entire unit
  • Incorporates science, math, social studies, and music into one educational lesson
  • Provides a variety of lessons and activities to engage young scientists
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