World Builders™                                                                        Session One  --  Astronomy 

 

Make A Scale Model 

 of the Solar System 
            

Hands On Assignment 2                                                                                          Lesson 1


Materials:
(for each group of 3 or 4 students)

11 sheets of construction paper or 4 x 6 file cards
1 marker pen or dark colored crayon
One copy of a printout of this sheet of instructions


Preparation:

Print the name of one of the planets on each sheet.
Also label sheets for the sun and the moon.

Activity:

Using a long corridor or outside space, put the marker for the sun down.
Now pace off and place the other planets, using the measurements below.
Each step = 30 million miles.
Place the moon a finger's width from the earth.
If you have enough space you can have several groups put their sun in the same place and then measure off the planetary orbits in different directions.
Remember, the planets go around the sun, not just away from it.

DISTANCE TABLE

 Distance to the Sun

 Total steps from SUN

 Pace off the solar system like this:

 SUN

 0 miles

0

 START HERE

Mercury  

  36 million miles

1

1  step to Mercury

Venus 

67 million miles

2

 1 more step to Venus

Earth & Moon 

 93 million miles

3

 1 more to Earth & moon

 Mars

 142 million miles

4

 1 more to Mars

 Jupiter

 483 million miles

13

 9 more to Jupiter

 Saturn

 885 million miles

25

 12 more to Saturn

 Uranus

 1.8 billion miles

50

 25 more to Uranus

 Neptune

 2.8 billion miles

78

 28 more to Neptune

 Pluto

  3.7 billion miles

103

 25 more to Pluto


The star closest to our sun is Alpha Centauri. To get to Alpha Centauri, you must walk another 200 miles!

Can you think of a city about 200 miles from where you are now?

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Used with permission from Stratton House,a two teacher company that makes inexpensive, imaginative science kits. Visit their site for more free activities! Thank you, Briana and Andy Stratton!