Solar System Project

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Criteria Overview

You will create a project on the 8 planets in our solar system. This project may be a PowerPoint, poster, flowchart, Google Slides, website, Prezi or even a 3D model. You will have until the end of term to work on this project at home. You should be as creative as possible and make sure you have the following bullets in your presentation:

  • Name of each planet (Pluto is not included as it is a dwarf planet)
  • Order number and distance from the sun
  • Surface temperature
  • Surface features
  • Rotation period
  • Revolution period
  • Number of moons
  • Number of rings
  • Atmospheric feature (gases that surround the planet)
  • Size of the planet and is it large/smaller than earth
  • Ability to support life why or why not
  • Two interesting facts about each planet

You will present this project to the class, no matter what type of project you create. Please use this rubric to understand how you will be graded for this project.
Critical thinking questions

  1. Explain the interaction of gravity and inertia that governs the motion of objects in the solar system.
  2. Compare and contrast the characteristics, composition and location of comets, asteroids and meteoroids.
  3. Explain the difference between geocentric and heliocentric, who discovered each and which model do we support today and why.

Note that this is a newer version of the original analytic rubric that is formatted as a single point rubric in which the statements for each level has been moved into behavior statements.

Criteria Details

Oral Presentation

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Critical Thinking Questions

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