Reflection: Rigor Planetary Poster - Section 3: Student Activity


This activity could easily be a simple little art project to devour some time in your classroom and give you (the teacher) some free time. Not that you ever have free time when you are supervising students, but it provides a lesson where your direct input isn't necessary. Which could be a good thing on a particular day, but focusing on "scale" transforms the activity into a rigorous scientific (and mathematical) experience.

As I mentioned several time in the narrative, most students have grown up with misconceptions about our Solar System. They think that all the planets are about the same size and they are equally spaced between each other. Having your students focus on scale size and distance elevates this into a true scientific activity.

  Teaching scale elevates the scientific rigor of a simple art project.
  Rigor: Teaching scale elevates the scientific rigor of a simple art project.
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Planetary Poster

Unit 11: Solar System
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: Students will explore the objects in our Solar System by building a poster representing the Sun, eight planets, dwarf planets, asteroid belt, Kuiper Belt, and the Oort Cloud.

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

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