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

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PDF|Suitable for 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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