At the end of the lesson, students should be able to:
I would recommend that the students have learned about the planets and have been given some sort of sheet that gives the statistics for each one. A great set of lessons that you can do to prepare your students for this lesson is the AIMS lesson entitled "Do You Planet?" It uses Venn Diagrams and graphs to compare the planets in a variety of ways. It also has a great table that includes the diameter of all of the planets in kilometers. The full lesson can be purchased (for $3) and downloaded from the AIMS website at the following address: http://store.aimsedu.org/aims_store/e-activities/all-e-activities/can-you-planet.html.
You can also see the Original Cheerio Lesson Idea.
Diameter of the planet / 2,300KM = Number of Cheerios)
If you would like the students to use calculators to save time or check their work, you may choose to do so.
There are an infinite number of lessons that can be done when studying the planets. Once students have been assigned a planet, it is fun to allow them to explore this topic further using either one or both of the following activities:
Is Pluto a Planet Worksheet
This lesson, although it appears simple, is quite challenging. Many students will easily calculate the number of Cheerios representing the diameter of their planet, but then have difficulty making the visual model.
*It is important that the teacher demonstrate to the students that the Cheerios should represent the diameter - and that means when they draw their planets around their Cheerios, there should not be any space between the lines that they are drawing and the Cheerios. (Please see How to assess your students' end products)
Any space means that the students are not truly showing an accurate representation of their planet. If they can fit Cheerios inside their planet (where the diameter is located), this is incorrect.
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