Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt!

Create a Scale Model of the Solar System

    What if you could shrink the planets so they fit on a kitchen table in front of you? The table below shows how big they would be.

Use the chart below to make a scale model of the solar system. A scale model is a smaller or larger version of something. It lets you compare the sizes of objects you can't see up close, or that are too far apart to see together.

 
    Objects you can use....
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Look for objects around your home that fit the scaled-down sizes of the planets and the Sun. All you need is a ruler and your imagination!

Hint: Hunt all around the house -- in the kitchen, the tool closet, the storage room. You can use anything from peppercorns to fruit to a basketball. Remember - everything should be round like the planets.

 
 

   
Mercury
Venus
Earth
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto
Sun
5/16
3/4
13/16
7/16
9
7 1/2
3 3/16
3 1/8
1/8
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