Grade Level: Middle and High School
Middle School Alignment
MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
Analyze and interpret data to determine similarities and differences in findings
NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea
The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them. (MS-ESS1-2), (MS-ESS1-3)
High School Alignment
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
Communicate scientific ideas (e.g. about phenomena and/or the process of development and the design and performance of a proposed process or system) in multiple formats (including orally, graphically, textually, and mathematically). (HS-ESS1-3)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
Science assumes the universe is a vast single system in which basic laws are consistent. (HS-ESS1-2)
Common Core State Standards Connections—ELA/Literacy
WHST.9-12.1 Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. (HS-ESS1-6)
SL.11-12.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. (HS-ESS1-3)
Imagine that NASA has proposed opening up a vacation resort on one of the seven other planets, besides Earth, in the solar system. Student's will work with their group to create a mini marketing campaign that promotes one of the planets as being the ideal location for the new NASA vacation resort. For the marketing campaign, you will need to create a travel poster, a short commercial, and a short sales pitch that will be presented to the class.
Students will leverage the unique characteristics of their planet to make decisions on how people would travel there, what they will eat, is there water available, etc. A great activity to get creative while learning about the planets in our solar system.
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Solar Stew: Investigating Planet Densities Lab Activity
What is the Big Bang Theory? How was our solar system created? Some theories revolve around the Big Bang Theory and in this lab activity students will use standard laboratory equipment to obtain mass and volume data for objects representing material from the planets in our solar system.
Solar System Chart
This full color chart of the Solar System contains a wealth of information, including statistical data for each of the planets, their relative sizes and distance, the angle of tilt, orbital information, and key data regarding comets and asteroids.