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Science - 9th

Exploring the Wonders of the Solar System

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the characteristics of the planets in our solar system
  • Understand the scale and distances within the solar system
  • Can create a model of the solar system

Methodology:

This activity will involve a combination of research, hands-on crafting, and presentation.

Resources/Materials:

  • Textbooks or online resources about the solar system
  • Art supplies (colored paper, markers, glue, scissors)
  • Access to a computer or tablet for research
  • Optional: Access to a projector for presentations

Instructions:

  1. Begin by introducing the topic of the solar system to the students. Discuss the characteristics of each planet, including size, distance from the sun, and any unique features.
  2. Divide the students into small groups and assign each group a planet to research. Provide them with textbooks or online resources to gather information about their assigned planet.
  3. Once the research is complete, have each group create a model of their assigned planet using the art supplies provided. Encourage creativity and accuracy in their representations.
  4. After the models are completed, have each group present their planet to the class. They should share the information they gathered during their research and explain the key features of their planet.
  5. As a class, discuss the scale and distances within the solar system. Use visual aids or online simulations to help students grasp the vastness of space.
  6. Conclude the activity by having each student create a mini solar system model using the art supplies. They should arrange the planets in the correct order and distance from the sun.

Assessment:

Assess the students' understanding of the topic through their research, model creation, and presentations. Use a rubric to evaluate their accuracy, creativity, and ability to effectively communicate the information about their assigned planet.

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