6 December Science 8 Preparing the Solar System Scale Model — Ebook or video

Take a mindful moment.

Then use today to work on/complete your Astronomy summative. It is due on Monday at the beginning of class. Be prepared to present your project if you win the presentation lottery.

See the description below:

***Summative Astronomy Sci 8 18-19 Making a model of our solar system to scale by size and distance***

***Groups prepare and construct the model.

Include the sun and all planets. Include Pluto. Include Ganymede (moon of Jupiter). Include Earth’s moon. Mark on a paper map the “location” distance to the closest star (other than the sun); It is a binary pair–Alpha Centauri <https://www.space.com/18090-alpha-centauri-nearest-star-system.html>. Is your map “big” enough?


  1. Make a video (5 minute limit) (with commentary) OR ebook showing a scale model of solar system with both size and distance illustrated to the same scale.

  2. Produce in digital (in students’ DSNs) a written / sketched storyboard for videos.

  3. Present in hard copy and digital (in students’ DSNs) equivalence chart / calculations to objects and orbits in the model.

  4. Provide information about sizes, distances and scale. Portray the making of the scale and the realizations you came to when enacting/traveling the scale model.

  5. Present in digital copy (in students’ DSNs) the directions, times, and inclinations of orbits. Include interesting facts about the orbits and planets in the commentary.

8.SC.BTH.A.2 – 2. Developing and using models

8.SC.BTH.A.5 – 5. Using mathematics and computational thinking

8.SC.BTH.B.3 – 3. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

8.SC.BTH.E.2 – ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

Helpful information in previous blogs–NASA websites, samples of student work from the past:




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