What sizes are the planets and how do they move around the sun?
This is an whole class activity in which the class will physically model how the planets move around the sun. We will have balloons blown up to the size of each planet. Students will see that all the planets smallest to biggest and the distance that they are away from the sun. The students will learn about vocabulary words: solar system, revolution, rotation, and orbit.
Observe planets are different sizes
Observe planets are different distances from the sun
Define solar system, orbit revolution, rotation, and orbit
Context for Use
Resource Type: Activities:Field Activity, Classroom Activity
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary Science
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
1. Scientists work as individuals and in groups to investigate the natural world, emphasizing evidence and communicating with others
Benchmark 220.127.116.11: Students will be supporting their answers with observations. They will recognize that describing things as accurately as possible is important in science because it enables people to compare their observations with those of others.
The motion of an object can be described by a change in its position over time.
Benchmark: 18.104.22.168.1 Describe an object's change in position relative to other objects or a background.