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Number and Algebra Mathematics Investigation - The Solar System in Our Space

PDF | 9 pages|Grades: 5 - 6 | Starter Sheet

A mathematics investigation about number and the scale of the solar system, embedded in a real-world context.

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of number and the solar system.

In this investigation, students are required to perform calculations using provided formulae to explore whether it is possible to create a scale model of the solar system inside a classroom.

This teaching resource includes:

  • teacher notes, detailing a range of important information about the investigation
  • a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
  • various recording worksheets
  • reflection questions
  • answer sheets.

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    Space Vocabulary

    Space Earth Solar System
    Jupiter Mars quarter moon
    Neptune moon gibbous moon
    Mercury Pluto half moon
    Saturn Venus crescent moon
    Uranus planet axial tilt
    waning waxing asteroid belt
    asteroid black hole big bang theory
    astronaut comet binary star
    astronomer astronomy elliptical orbit
    density constellation deep space
    cosmonaut cosmos dwarf planet
    crater day dwarf star
    dust equinox inner planets
    eclipse ecliptic inferior planets
    galaxy lunar falling star
    meteorite meteor meteor shower
    meteoroid lens gravity
    full moon inertia Milky Way
    mass magnitude outer planets
    nebula orbit shooting star
    rocket solar space exploration
    solstice star total eclipse
    umbra space vernal equinox
    sky satellite solar system
    new moon penumbra solar wind
    light-year rings partial eclipse
    observatory phase orbital inclination
    universe zodiac space station
    sun starlight telescope
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    • Question 1 has been adjusted. It now asks students to 'record their answers to two decimal places,' rather than 'round them up/down.'

      Change by Paul (Teach Starter) Apr 2nd, 2020

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