What Is the Solar System?

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How do scientists classify whether an object lies within our solar system or not? Examine the boundaries of the space neighborhood using a lesson from PBS's Space series for middle schoolers. After viewing a model of the solar system, scholars discuss their observations and work with data to find logical patterns.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Pause the video when all of the planets are in a row and ask pupils to explain why this is not a good model of the solar system
  • Use the solar system facts handout to engage the class in recognizing patterns in the data
Classroom Considerations

  • Students should be somewhat familiar with all of the planets in terms of name and appearance before beginning the lesson

  • The resource shows a clear pattern of the composition of planets to help learners relate composition to how the planet formed and its current location
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