4 Dec Science 8 Scale Model of Solar System

Mindful moment

Quick look through today’s blog (samples of student work included)

Prepare for setting up model outside

Have plan to place representational objects at scaled distances and to retrieve them before return to class. Leave no materials outside.

Have plan for photo shots and videos (if you need these). Take perspective shots to give a sense of the sizes and distances in the model. For Alpha Centauri–you can have a signpost at Pluto pointing the way and the distance to some scaled spot (should fit on the real Earth but won’t be in Delhi!).

Be careful. Be super-aware of your surroundings. Especially take precautions with traffic.

Give yourself time to get back to class before the end of the period.

If you return to class and have time, begin working on your ebook or video.

The ebook or video is due at the beginning of class on Monday 10 December. You will only need digital copies (unless you also want to have a hard copy). Some/all projects will be presented. Be prepared if you are called on. We can draw names by lottery–smile.

You’ll need a reference page with full bibliographic information. Only citing the url is not sufficient. Author(s), Title, Date (published AND accessed if internet source), etc.

Consult: <https://www.umsl.edu/~comm/files/pdfs/internet.pdf>

” . . .the principle is that you need to provide enough information to allow a reader to track down the original source or, if that proves impossible, allow the reader to evaluate the credibility of that source. Since webpages can change so rapidly, it is not adequate to simply list the URL in the reference list. By the time someone reads your paper, the URL may no longer be functioning. The page to which it leads may have changed. Providing additional information about the webpage may help readers to find the information if it has been moved. It also allows them to determine for themselves whether the source is credible and current. There is, therefore, some basic information that you should always provide for each of your internet sources. If you are citing information that was first published on the web, you need to provide:

  • the name of the author; it may a specific person or an organization
  • the date on which the document was posted or notation that no date was available
  • and the name of the document or webpage
  • a retrieval statement indicating when and where on the web you accessed the information. The retrieval statement should include:
  • the date you accessed the website
  • the name of the website
  • the URL or web-address of the site”
  • * * * *

Some information (these links suggest other links you might find as well):

The nearest star (after the sun)



Pluto and beyond















Mars Insight mission







Some student work from the past. (Note that the videos were done as group projects and were not common summative assessments at that time. But they might offer some inspiration.)




An e-book:


Another e-book:


Some student videos (these were group projects and were longer than the current limit of 5 minutes)


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