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solar system k-2

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grades k-2 –  a student solar system this would work nicely as an introduction to the planets, elliptical orbits and just how big our known universe actually is.

materials:

8 1/2 x 11 blank paper and colored construction paper

what to get ready before class:

1. fold 81/2 x 11 piece of cardstock in half, cut in half. mark one full sheet of paper with the number 10. mark the 1/2 sheet of paper with the number 1.  cut as many as you will need according to the table below.

2. cut colored construction paper into circles of varying sizes and different colors. don’t forget the sun!

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take the class into the hall or gym and explain that you are going to make a model of the solar system. tape the “sun” to the floor. 9 students will be the planets.  the rest can put down the squares and measure. make a large table (chart) that shows the name of each planet and it’s distance from the sun. see table below↓

use the following scale to count the rectangles and place them in between each planet. have each “planet” take their place in the orbit as the distance is measured.

mercury…………4

venus……………..7

earth……………..10

mars………………15

jupiter……………52

saturn……………95

uranus……………192

neptune………….301

you can expand this project by having the students stand in elliptical orbits around the sun, add comets, stars, moons, etc.



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