for Earth Day
students will create a representation of the solar system.
- A large open area allowing
- Discuss the solar system
and Earth's place within it.
- Assign students to be
specific planets with the remaining students
clustering together to be the sun. Have the
students create a human model of the solar system. Use
the following link for reference Discover
- Have the students rotate
(spin) as well as revolve (orbit) around "the sun".
Explain the difference between rotating and revolving.
- For younger students, have
them all be the earth. Set up an object in the
middle of the room to be the sun. Have all the
students rotate as well as revolve around the sun.
- Draw the continents
(simply a sketchy rendition) in chalk on a large
outside surface. Play a game where the students
move from continent to continent by following teacher
directions. A large class may need to be split
into small groups. For example, "Group A,
hop from Europe to North America!", "Group
B, skip from South America to Africa",
"Group C, waddle from Asia to Antarctica."