Solar System

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http://vocabulary.curriculum.edu.au/scot/1857

Space explorers CLE - Year 5

This online resource is an ASSIST Connected Learning Experience (CLE) to help teach Year 5 students about the planets in the solar system.

Description: In this investigation, students research, collect and use data about the planets in our solar system, in order to assess their suitability for human settlement.

Learning intentions

Students will be able to:

W.A.S.P. Year 5 – Solar system

This online teaching package provides hands-on activities with teacher support materials to help with the teaching of the Year 5 Earth and space science components of the Australian Curriculum.

The activities are organised into five topics:

  1. Formation of our Solar System
  2. Identifying Planets
  3. Orbits
  4. The Sun and Energy
  5. Thinking About Planets 

Distance to the sun

This downloadable resource is an activity where students determine the distance to the Sun.

In this activity students use an image of the Sun to determine its distance from the Earth using mathematics.

The ratio of distance to the width of the image is used to obtain an experimental value for the distance to the Sun, which students can compare to the known value.

This activity introduces the idea of sources of error and allows students to make a percentage error calculation based on their result.

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