A 5E lesson on developing a scale model of the solar system (both size and distance) using basic algbra.

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This lesson uses a lot of basic algebra, but nothing most middle schoolers shouldn't be able to handle -- they just get thrown by the big numbers. This lesson is highly adaptable. Use what you like!
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Solar System Powerpoint

by Alicia Feddor

This Powerpoint uses the lithograph set from NASA featuring all of the planets -- it is a couple years old and still included Pluto as a planet. In the notes area of each slide is the information that is found on the back of each lithograph from NASA including tons of basic information about each object.
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This is an example of a model of the Solar system based on a 3 cm Earth (roughly a SuperBall) using ratios to determine the sizes of the rest of the planets, the Sun, and the Moon as well as the distances between them all.
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This is an example of a model of the Solar system based on a 1 cm Earth (roughly a marble) using ratios to determine the sizes of the rest of the planets, the Sun, and the Moon as well as the distances between them all.
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This is a chart in which students should record their calculations using ratios to determine the sizes of the rest of the planets, the Sun, and the Moon as well as the distances between them all.
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Key for grading students' calculations.
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