Objects in space are often big and very far away, so it can be a challenge to understand what’s happening. One way scientists and engineers show off their discoveries is by creating models – diagrams, videos, simulations, physical replicas, etc – to represent and explain phenomenon. To show learning of the standards in this unit, you will create a planet guide to show how models are used to understand space phenomenon. Choose a planet (other than Earth) to spend the unit investigating as the basis for your modeling.
- Picture book
- Brochure advertisement
- Part A: Select a planet and learn its basic information and history
- Including this section and/or any fun facts in your project are optional.
- Part B: Cyclic Patterns: make a model of the planetary system to show two cyclic patterns (seasons, lunar phases, eclipses, day/night) (ESS1-1)
- Part C: Planet Data: Compare the scale and properties of this planet to Earth and other planets (ESS1-2)
- Part D: Planet Gravity: Make a model of this planetary system, including gravity and orbital motion. (ESS1-3)
Main Resource: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov