In 6th grade science class, we’ve been learning all about space! We started with lessons about galaxies and stars, then moved on to learning the theories of early astronomers, and then began learning about our solar system! We read about the size of all of the planets, and learned how far each planet is from the sun, but it’s still hard to grasp those facts. For example did you know that you could fit over 1,000,000 Earth’s into the Sun? And Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, is over 57,000,000 km away from the sun! It’s hard to really picture the size and distance of the planets, so we decided to make a scale model! The second grade class was also learning about the Solar System at this time, so we were able to work with them on this project! We scaled down the size and distances of the planets to inches and centimeters, so that it would be easier to work with, and we mapped it out on our hallway wall. This allowed our whole school to see just how vast and grand our solar system is!
~ Sarah Wheeler