In this part of your mission, you will be landing on your planets, investigating them, and recording your data. Have fun and enjoy your exciting adventure into the solar system!
Using some of the following websites, record all needed information about the planets on your planet chart. On a separate piece of paper, record three fun facts about each planet that are not on the chart already.
http://www.nineplanets.org/sol.html ((the sun)
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level1/sun_facts.html (the sun)
The earth revolves once around the sun approximately every 365 days. This is our "one year." But other planets revolve slower or faster than the earth, making their "one year" come much slower or faster than ours. Find out how old (in earth years) you would be on other planets. This also goes on your planet chart. Choose only one person from the group to record their ages on the chart. Make sure to also look at when your next birthday would be on some of the planets. It's funny to see how long you would have to wait for a birthday party there:
Because of the different sizes and masses of the planets and their different gravitational pull they would have on you, your weight would be different on all of the planets. Explore this website and choose a different person from your group (different from the person who recorded their ages) to record their weight on all of the planets and the sun:
Using the data you recorded on the chart, do one of three projects:
1) Craft a 3-D model of our solar system, labeling each planet and listing three facts about each one on your model.
2) Give an oral report, describing each planet with at least three facts given about each. Show a drawing you have made of each planet as you talk about it. Each person in the group must speak about at least two of the planets.
3) Perform a play about the planets and sun, incorporating your three facts about each into the performance. For example, you could pretend to be four astronauts coming back from your mission, and you are reporting your information to your superiors. Or you could be an extra-terrestrial from each planet, describing what your planet is like to us earthlings. Please use some props and simple costumes in your performance.
Research how the planets got their names and record your data on each planet's name. Then each person in the group will draw a picture of one of the gods/goddesses that the planet was named after, or read a mythology story about that god/goddess. All drawings/stories must be of a different planet name.
Names of the planets:
Fun Stuff (try at least some of these):
The size of our world: (This is great!)
This is a fun calculator for making a model of the solar system to scale (we could not really do this in a classroom!) On the calculator, put the sun in as 1 inch in diameter, then see how far each model planet would have to be from each other:
Some great space photographs from NASA:
Send a space postcard:
Solar System Games from NASA:
Planet Order: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/games/G_Solar_System_Game.html
Unscramble the Words: http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/games/aeronauticsjumble.htm
Tic Tac Toe: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/games/G_Shuttle_Tac_Toe.html
Now you may launch back to Earth and continue with your "Evaluations"...