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Mrs. Printer's fourth grade students at Nantucket Elementary School have written an eBook called "A Visitor's Guide to the Solar System," and hope that other elementary students find it helpful as they learn about our exciting and amazing solar system. The present Massachusetts Science Frameworks are limited for elementary students. Finding developmentally appropriate information that is not too abstract is difficult. The pre-writing research included students getting basic distance, temperature and diameter information. Comparing and contrasting that information with Earth's data was Stage 2. (i.e., If it is 67 million miles from the Mercury to the Sun and 93 million miles from the Earth to the Sun, then how far is it from Earth to Mercury?) Synthesizing the data to give advice for travelers was Stage 3. Citing the sources of the original information was Stage 4. The following science standards were implemented: Earth and Space Science Grades 3-5 Standard #13. Recognize that the earth is part of a system called the “solar system” that includes the sun (a star), planets, and many moons. The earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system. Create a proportional model of the solar system starting on the school playground and extending as far as possible. Demonstrate the size of objects (use a pea for the smallest planet, and different- sized balls for the others) and the distance between them. Earth and Space Science Grades 3-5 Standard #14. Recognize that the earth revolves around (orbits) the sun in a year’s time and that the earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours. Make connections between the rotation of the earth and day/night, and the apparent movement of the sun, moon, and stars across the sky.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-12-31.