I am a junior at Penn State Harrisburg, in Elementary education PreK-4. I am to come up with a lesson plan on the Solar system as a final assignment for this semester. I want my students to know the sizes of the planets to scale. I want them to know the relative size of other planets and the sun to the size of the Earth. What will be a good, hands-on activity for this?

Hye Lee
Hye Ju Lee
335 Activity Points

Great question! Here are a few activities you may find helpful: 

 

Here are some resources that may be helpful to an activity you design for your students:

Emily Faulconer
Emily Faulconer
3450 Activity Points

Looks like you were given some great ideas.  Kids always love seeing this clip.  Wanted to share.

Lindsay Melching
Lindsay Melching
185 Activity Points

Hi Hye Ju Lee,  a human scale model is always a great idea. I found this activity online for you: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/step2012/participant/Day1Agenda.shtml

 

 

Cheska Robinson
Cheska Robinson
5025 Activity Points

Hello! I love your idea of making your lesson a hands on activity for the students. I have always believed that if a student can do something with their hands, they are more likely to remember it. A hands on activity that I did in grade school involved using different sized styrofoam spheres, which were then painted to match each different planet. The planets were then glued onto a piece of cardboard. I am not sure where my teacher had gotten the styrofoam spheres from, but I am sure there are other matierals that could be used. I hope this helps. Good luck with your lesson plan! 

Haley Dicke
Haley Dicke
955 Activity Points

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George Mehler
George Mehler
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