MS-ESS1-3

Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

 
14 Lesson(s)
   

Lunar Lollipops

8th Grade Science » Unit: Earth, Moon, and Sun
8th Grade Science » Unit: Earth, Moon, and Sun
Sean Gillette
Apple Valley, CA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Lunar Phases are a difficult subject for students to grasp. Ease their trouble by having them recreate the phases of the Moon with Lunar Lollipops.

 
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Measuring the Diameter of the Sun

8th Grade Science » Unit: Earth, Moon, and Sun
8th Grade Science » Unit: Earth, Moon, and Sun
Sean Gillette
Apple Valley, CA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Students will focus sunlight through a pinhole onto a sheet of paper. Knowing the distance between the projection and the pinhole allows students to calculate the diameter of the Sun using ratios.

 
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Planetary Distances using Toilet Paper

8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
Sean Gillette
Apple Valley, CA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Students are able to get a sense of the scale of the Solar System with toilet paper.

 
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Solar System Sentence Strip

8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
Sean Gillette
Apple Valley, CA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

The scale distances between the planets can be modeled with a folded sentence strip.

 
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Scale Model of The Sun & Earth

6th Grade Science » Unit: Earth, Sun, and Moon
6th Grade Science » Unit: Earth, Sun, and Moon
Laura Riley
Westmont, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Models help us to understand a system or a process and are central to scientific investigations, doing research, and communicating information. Models have a variety of uses but most importantly are a visual tool that provides data.

 
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Inner Planets

8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
Ryan Keser
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In these activities students compare the inner planets.

 
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Galaxies

8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
Ryan Keser
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this series of activities students learn how galaxies are formed and identify different types of galaxies.

 
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Outer Planets

8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
Ryan Keser
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In these activities students compare the outer planets.

 
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Asteroids, Meteors & Comets

8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
Ryan Keser
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Through this series of activities students will be able to explain the differences between these three objects.

 
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Planetary Poster

8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
Sean Gillette
Apple Valley, CA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Explore scale with your students as they construct a poster depicting our Solar System.

 
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Stars

8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
8th Grade Science » Unit: Where Is Earth In Space?
Ryan Keser
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Using the HR-Diagram, students build and understanding how our star, the Sun, compares to other stars.

 
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Classroom Comet

8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
Sean Gillette
Apple Valley, CA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Use home kitchen ingredients to build a comet!

 
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Cookie Asteroids

8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
Sean Gillette
Apple Valley, CA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Crushed chocolate chip cookies help students relate to the distribution of asteroids in the asteroid belt.

 
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My Micrometeorite

8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
8th Grade Science » Unit: Solar System
Sean Gillette
Apple Valley, CA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

At the end of the day your students can walk home knowing they own their very own micrometeorite.

 
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