Solar System Projects For 3rd Grade

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  1. Science Progect (best answer gets 10 points!!!)?
    What is the BEST 7th grade science project???
    It cant NOT be
    1.volcano’s
    2.solar system’s
    3.anything to do with Moss or Fungus
    Thanx for your help!!!
    ~Jeeenz

  2. What is the best way to make a 3 rd grade miniature solar system science project?
    1. Should I have the entire class work on one project, or guide each child to make their own version?
    2. What are the best materials to use? Styrofoam and wires? Balloons? Drawings? Mobile?
    3. Any other ideas for similar science projects?

  3. Space Project?
    Next week I plan to begin a unit on Space. For my class’ final project of the year I would like them to do something pertaining to Space. Of course there is creating a Solar System however do you have any fun ideas? (this is for a 3rd grade class)

  4. Have you ever seen the sky show at the Adler Planetarium and do you know what it has to do with the election?
    It is a wonderful show. I have taken many, many field trips to see it to explain our solar system to 3rd grade students. What does that have to do with the election?

    McCAIN: Said Obama supported a congressional earmark of “$3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Ill. My friends, do we need to spend that kind of money?”

    THE FACTS: McCain’s phrase suggests Obama spent $3 million on an old-fashioned piece of office equipment that projects charts and text on a wall screen. In fact, the money was for an overhaul of the theater system that projects images of stars and planets for educational shows at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. When he announced the earmark last year, Obama said the planetarium’s 40-year-old projection system “has begun to fail, leaving … groups of school students and other interested museum-goers without this very valuable and exciting learning experience.”
    So this is a deceptive “fact” from the McCain camp.

    Do these type of intentional lies influence you at all? Do you think they show desperation much?

  5. How do you make a solar system project with 3-D items?
    My son is in 4th grade and he has to make a solar system project due by Dec.3 08′. He has to include an asteroid belt, the sun, all 8 planets and all items must be in 3-D! The 3-D part has me stomped. I want to make sure he achieves the highest grade possible for this project and I would like to get started immediately! Please help me folks

  6. okay so i really need your help please(:?
    im doing a project in science on Laws of Planetary motion and Kepler’s laws and stuff and I also have to create a 3-D model but i don’t want to just make a model of the solar system. Plus I get more points on originality. and i really need to get a good grade on this if i want to stay in cheer-leading.

    so my question is… How Should I do My 3-D model?
    (please don’t say that im trying to make you guys do my homework because that’s not what im asking. i just need ideas for it)

    Thank you(:

  7. Okay so i really need your help please(:?
    im doing a project in science on Laws of Planetary motion and Kepler’s laws and stuff and I also have to create a 3-D model but i don’t want to just make a model of the solar system. Plus I get more points on originality. and i really need to get a good grade on this if i want to stay in cheer-leading.

    so my question is… How Should I do My 3-D model?
    (please don’t say that im trying to make you guys do my homework because that’s not what im asking. i just need ideas for it)

    Thank you(:
    and yes i understand that i put this question in the wrong section because the ‘polls and surveys’ section is probably really crowded so i was hoping that more people would answer me(: please?
    and CHEERLEADERS ARE NOT DUMB! they have to keep there grades up so they can even be on the team.
    i hate that stereotype.

  8. Solar Sytem or not?im not sure!?
    ok so my mom has a project to do for her school and she wants to choose the solar system.i think thats a bad idea,
    i mean seriously planets?i learned that in kindergarden.
    i think that fossils or earths formation would be better!
    i mean i know this is 3rd grade science but seriously planets?
    what do you think?

  9. 3rd grade project on the moon. Looking for ideas.?
    My son is doing a demonstration project the solar system and I’m just looking for some more ideas. So far we’ve considered making a box for either an eclipse simulator or a phases of the moon simulator. I’ve also thought about trying to simulate crater creation somehow. Any ideas would be cool. Thanks.

  10. Can anyone help with school project (building and designing a museum?
    For a 8th grade school project, my group of 3 people will have to build and design our own museum, the approximate size of a school desk or larger. We have picked a Science Museum. I really could use your help with coming up with exhibit/room ideas or ways to make it creative.

    So far;; i have only thought of a Dinosaur Exhibit, Human Body, Solar System, Souvenir Shop. I need at least 10 major exhibits and 20 small but important ones. We will be making it out of different materials, and it seems easy to use cardboard or clay, but i want to be creative and use a variety of materials.

    For example;; What kind of materials can i use for stairs, trees, lightbulbs, dinosaurs, etc. Anything will help, like what i can do with bathrooms, doors, rooms, reception. Ideas of making the outside of my museum catchy, new, and creative.

    I have never been to a science museum, so a description of their different exhibits or whatever would help alot.
    Any ideas, suggestions, or help will be GREATLY appreciated.

  11. my little sis needs help on this home work can you help her?
    1. In a ____ telescope, light passes through convex lenses. (1 point)
    reflecting
    Hubble
    refracting
    shuttle
    2. The first stage in the space program designed to send Americans to the moon was ____. (1 point)
    Project Apollo
    the Hubble Space Telescope
    Project Mercury
    the Voyager
    3. One major difference between an artificial satellite and a space probe is that the artificial satellite ____. (1 point)
    is built by humans
    is less expensive to build
    orbits another object, while the space probe travels farther into the solar system
    can carry only instruments into space
    4. The first human to travel in space was ____. (1 point)
    Neil Armstrong
    Edwin Aldrin
    Michael Collins
    Yuri A. Gagarin
    5. Of all the benefits of the space shuttle, the one that helps cut costs the most is that ____. (1 point)
    it is reusable
    it can land like an airplane
    the cargo bay can be used for a wide variety of tasks
    all of the above
    6. Which of the following planets is the smallest?
    (1 point)
    Earth
    Mercury
    Jupiter
    Saturn
    7. Which takes the most amount of time? (1 point)
    Earth rotates once.
    Earth revolves once.
    The moon revolves once.
    All take the same amount of time.
    8. One astronomical unit equals ____. (1 point)
    the average distance from Earth to the sun
    the amount of time it takes Earth to orbit the sun
    the distance to the nearest star
    the amount of time it takes light to travel from the sun to Earth
    9. When the moon and sun are on opposite sides of Earth, a ____ moon occurs. (1 point)
    new
    gibbous
    quarter
    full
    10. Earth’s nearest neighboring planets are ____. (1 point)
    Venus and Mars
    Mars and Jupiter
    Mercury and Venus
    Mercury and Jupiter
    11. The Great Red Spot refers to ____. (1 point)
    a giant storm on Jupiter
    rocks on Mars
    the giant red star Betelgeuse
    the stage before a star becomes a supernova
    12. A ____ has so much gravity that light cannot escape. (1 point)
    white dwarf
    black dwarf
    black hole
    supernova
    Note: your teacher will review your answers to questions 13–16 to ensure you receive proper credit for your answers.
    13. (1 point)
    As part of Project , Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon.
    14. (1 point)
    A(n) telescope uses concave mirrors to focus light.

    15. (1 point)
    As shown in Figure 15-1, Earth spins around an imaginary line called a(n) .
    16. (1 point)
    As shown in Figure 15-1, the season that the part of Earth tilted away from the sun experiences is .
    Note: your teacher will grade your answers to questions 17–20 to ensure you receive proper credit for your answers.
    17. Why can’t you see a new moon? (1 point)

    18. Describe the inner planets. (1 point)

    19. Describe the outer planets. (1 point)

    20. Use these terms to identify the lettered parts on Figure 14-2: space station, space shuttle, space probe, Earth, moon. (4 points)

  12. science pretest help please?
    1. In a ____ telescope, light passes through convex lenses. (1 point)
    reflecting
    Hubble
    refracting
    shuttle
    2. The first stage in the space program designed to send Americans to the moon was ____. (1 point)
    Project Apollo
    the Hubble Space Telescope
    Project Mercury
    the Voyager
    3. One major difference between an artificial satellite and a space probe is that the artificial satellite ____. (1 point)
    is built by humans
    is less expensive to build
    orbits another object, while the space probe travels farther into the solar system
    can carry only instruments into space
    4. The first human to travel in space was ____. (1 point)
    Neil Armstrong
    Edwin Aldrin
    Michael Collins
    Yuri A. Gagarin
    5. Of all the benefits of the space shuttle, the one that helps cut costs the most is that ____. (1 point)
    it is reusable
    it can land like an airplane
    the cargo bay can be used for a wide variety of tasks
    all of the above
    6. Which of the following planets is the smallest?
    (1 point)
    Earth
    Mercury
    Jupiter
    Saturn
    7. Which takes the most amount of time? (1 point)
    Earth rotates once.
    Earth revolves once.
    The moon revolves once.
    All take the same amount of time.
    8. One astronomical unit equals ____. (1 point)
    the average distance from Earth to the sun
    the amount of time it takes Earth to orbit the sun
    the distance to the nearest star
    the amount of time it takes light to travel from the sun to Earth
    9. When the moon and sun are on opposite sides of Earth, a ____ moon occurs. (1 point)
    new
    gibbous
    quarter
    full
    10. Earth’s nearest neighboring planets are ____. (1 point)
    Venus and Mars
    Mars and Jupiter
    Mercury and Venus
    Mercury and Jupiter
    11. The Great Red Spot refers to ____. (1 point)
    a giant storm on Jupiter
    rocks on Mars
    the giant red star Betelgeuse
    the stage before a star becomes a supernova
    12. A ____ has so much gravity that light cannot escape. (1 point)
    white dwarf
    black dwarf
    black hole
    supernova
    Note: your teacher will review your answers to questions 13–16 to ensure you receive proper credit for your answers.
    13. (1 point)
    As part of Project , Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon.
    14. (1 point)
    A(n) telescope uses concave mirrors to focus light.

    15. (1 point)
    As shown in Figure 15-1, Earth spins around an imaginary line called a(n) .
    16. (1 point)
    As shown in Figure 15-1, the season that the part of Earth tilted away from the sun experiences is .
    Note: your teacher will grade your answers to questions 17–20 to ensure you receive proper credit for your answers.
    17. Why can’t you see a new moon? (1 point)

    18. Describe the inner planets. (1 point)

    19. Describe the outer planets. (1 point)

    20. Use these terms to identify the lettered parts on Figure 14-2: space station, space shuttle, space probe, Earth, moon. (4 points)

  13. science test please help asap 10 points to who ever answers?
    i have to turn this in asap please help dont trash talk just help

    1. In a ____ telescope, light passes through convex lenses. (1 point)
    reflecting
    Hubble
    refracting
    shuttle
    2. The first stage in the space program designed to send Americans to the moon was ____. (1 point)
    Project Apollo
    the Hubble Space Telescope
    Project Mercury
    the Voyager
    3. One major difference between an artificial satellite and a space probe is that the artificial satellite ____. (1 point)
    is built by humans
    is less expensive to build
    orbits another object, while the space probe travels farther into the solar system
    can carry only instruments into space
    4. The first human to travel in space was ____. (1 point)
    Neil Armstrong
    Edwin Aldrin
    Michael Collins
    Yuri A. Gagarin
    5. Of all the benefits of the space shuttle, the one that helps cut costs the most is that ____. (1 point)
    it is reusable
    it can land like an airplane
    the cargo bay can be used for a wide variety of tasks
    all of the above
    6. Which of the following planets is the smallest? (1 point)
    Earth
    Mercury
    Jupiter
    Saturn
    7. Which takes the most amount of time? (1 point)
    Earth rotates once.
    Earth revolves once.
    The moon revolves once.
    All take the same amount of time.
    8. One astronomical unit equals ____. (1 point)
    the average distance from Earth to the sun
    the amount of time it takes Earth to orbit the sun
    the distance to the nearest star
    the amount of time it takes light to travel from the sun to Earth
    9. When the moon and sun are on opposite sides of Earth, a ____ moon occurs. (1 point)
    new
    gibbous
    quarter
    full
    10. Earth’s nearest neighboring planets are ____. (1 point)
    Venus and Mars
    Mars and Jupiter
    Mercury and Venus
    Mercury and Jupiter
    11. The Great Red Spot refers to ____. (1 point)
    a giant storm on Jupiter
    rocks on Mars
    the giant red star Betelgeuse
    the stage before a star becomes a supernova
    12. A ____ has so much gravity that light cannot escape. (1 point)
    white dwarf
    black dwarf
    black hole
    supernova
    Note: your teacher will review your answers to questions 13–16 to ensure you receive proper credit for your answers.
    13. (1 point)
    As part of Project , Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon.
    14. (1 point)
    A(n) telescope uses concave mirrors to focus light.

    15. (1 point)
    As shown in Figure 15-1, Earth spins around an imaginary line called a(n) .
    16. (1 point)
    As shown in Figure 15-1, the season that the part of Earth tilted away from the sun experiences is .
    Note: your teacher will grade your answers to questions 17–20 to ensure you receive proper credit for your answers.
    17. Why can’t you see a new moon? (1 point)

    18. Describe the inner planets. (1 point)

    19. Describe the outer planets. (1 point)

    20. Use these terms to identify the lettered parts on Figure 14-2: space station, space shuttle, space probe, Earth, moon. (4 points)
    no i got to an computer online school

  14. I need help with a science fair project ……?
    My brother has to turn in a science fair project and he needs some help… he asked me for help but i cant come up with an idea …. i looked for lots of websites but i just cant find what he needs….

    it has to be a 3rd grade project
    it has to relate on earth science : solar system,characteristics of earth sun and moon, erosion, deposition,rock cycle and land formations.

    Please help !!! he needs to turn it in by tuesday !!

  15. I am Worried about my Future?
    Hi!

    I am an American student, going into his sophomore year of High School.

    My problem is that I have read many upsetting things over the past few years (I have read the paper and Newsweek voraciously to my parents chagrin since the 4th grade, a nerdy activity they think is not normal for a teenager). I have read numerous articles critiquing the U.S. education system, but have shrugged them off (mostly) as far as their effect on myself, as I have always been an ambitious student, using the schools as a tool, not a means to an end.

    Now after my first year of high school I have no other feeling but horror as far as my future. My school offers no AP courses until the sophomore year (and then it is only one class- AP American History, which I am taking). I am enrolled in the school honors program, however the program doesn’t offer any sort of honors classes, featuring only a weekly meeting in which we discuss and prepare ways to get into higher education. This is great, but I still feel like its not enough.

    I have extra curriculars- I managed the wrestling team and was a big supporter of the Creative Writing Club, along with band (although no marching band do to time restrictions, as it takes up two class hours that I wasn’t willing to give up). I will be participating in the school paper this year, and lobbying for a “Green” Club, which I hope would lead to numerous small engineering projects (Solar powered exterior lighting for example, and various other small scale things like that). I have already gotten some support.

    I feel like the education system is failing me. I feel like I am inadequate to my global peers and that there is little I can do about it, other than stepping up further exploration of physical sciences and other extracurriculars outside of school.

    I want to one day run my own computer and engineering company, and have been writing software programs for the last 3 years. I want to one day hold a doctorate in Computer Science, with a minor in psychology (most of my work has been in AI, having written a web-based AI bot that helps with cardiovascular health, among others.)

    What should I do? I feel like I am doing a lot… yet not enough. I feel like my future aspirations may not come to fruition, that all my time sketching, writing, and planning for a grand future in which I realize my biggest goal, to ignite a paradigm shift for the entire world, is for not because of the actions of a few that I cannot control.

    What can I do?

  16. At 3rd grade, I would suggest you keep it simple and don’t expect too much abstract thinking or scale. If the kids walk away with the basic idea that several planets orbit the sun and our Earth is one of them, then you taught them something. I like the idea of a mobile with paper and glue balls. Two crossed thin rounded wood rods with markings for planet position will give you 2 planets per arm, therefore 8 planets with the Sun at the center. Suspend the planets with string. The planets will need an anchor point, so make each planet with a string through the axis. Wire is not safe, best to keep the kids away from that approach. Styrofoam is very messy. Balloons will deflate quickly and their hard work will be lost. Drawing does not convey the 3d concept. Near enough is good enough with color. Try to get the order correct. Some kids have long memories, darn them. Let them take them home and hang them up when finished. Make one yourself and keep that in the class and make yours first so they have an example to copy, and you have the process worked out. Also show them pictures of the planets and explain the concept of moons. You can try to explain planet rotation and sunrise in the east, darken the room and use a fixed source of light for the sun and a large ball with a house taped to the side. Then rotate the ball. When their eyes glaze over, stop.

  17. Use little rocks for the asteroids. Use bigger, rounder rocks for the inner planets. Use something round but soft for the outer planets. Don’t try to get it exactly do scale (size or distance) because it would be mostly empty space. The sun would be like the outer planets but bigger and white or yellow.

  18. Hmmm, both of your ideas are great! But I like the phases of the moon simulator.

    Anyways, try to stick a round styrofoam to make it more cooler!

    Hope this helps!

  19. Of course McCain is desperate, he is not trusted when it comes to real issues, so he pulls stunts like the one you mentioned or the Ayers nonsense. Lets face it there are a lot of gullible people, so I wonder if it might work with them, or can they see McCain for what he is…a failure.

  20. test the best condom.

    jk…

    test a laptop to see if it runs faster under different conditions, do hot, cold, humid, dry, ect. keep your controls though. and don’t base it on the internet, since that has it own changing speed. time the boot.

  21. the science museum of london has these cool exhibitions:
    The Science of Aliens, The Science of Spying and The Science of Survival

    here is a list of a couple science museums’ current and previous exhibitions:
    http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/specialexhibitions.aspx
    http://www.mos.org/exhibits_shows/current_exhibits

    here is what i would do:
    http://i477.photobucket.com/albums/rr138/kikisphotos22/lastscan.jpg
    (you might need to zoom in i made it pretty small)
    1. ticket center- guests need a place to pay for admission
    2. help desk- every museum i’ve been to has a help desk
    3. restrooms
    4. gift/souvenir shoo
    5. science lab- i saw this at the labrea tar pits in la this summer. it was REALLY neat. there were windows you could look through and watch scientists at work
    6. dinosaur exhibit- you could make skeletons out of clay or cardboard or you could hot glue some of those candies you get at halloween shaped like bones. not sure if you could get a hold of them in april though…
    7. imax theater! you could have a little sign outside with the show times and make up (or look up) some cool titles. maybe have showings of that planet earth show. i think disney is coming out with an earth movie in imax. you could have the screen black or print out a picture or draw one with a scene from whatever movie
    8. aeronautical exhibit- you could make planes out of cardboard or card stock and paint them
    9. spy technology exhibit-i think that would be cool- it’s on the london museum’s website
    10. science in art mini-exhibit- you could just put a little wall (out of cardboard, etc.) with little pictures of science in art. you could include leonardo da vinci’s sketches of machines and anatomy
    11. human body interactive- i vaguely remember seeing something like this when i was little. the heart was like a playground and you could crawl in the intestinal tubes. i thought you could have a brain with little buttons and fake like the parts of the brain (frontal lobe, etc.) light up when you push the correct button.
    12. child care room- for the little ones so the parents and older, non distracting kids can view the museum in peace
    13. greenhouse/botanical garden- you could either use real plants or fake ones or even make some out of construction paper. you could use vinyl fabric or even plastic bags or saran wrap for the walls- search for greenhouses in yahoo images to see what one looks like
    14. planetarium- you could take a bowl or something else round and cut it in half (so you can see into it) and paint it with constellations and/or plants. don’t forget the seats on this and the imax theater for the “guests” to sit in
    http://i477.photobucket.com/albums/rr138/kikisphotos22/lastscan2.jpg
    15. on the room of the museum and up some cardboard stairs, you could add some telescopes for guests to use.
    16. science of survival- maybe something about primitive medicine or tools for survival, etc. this is also on the london museum’s website
    17. science of the future- i saw a show on the discovery channel about japan’s cool new smart houses with TONS of cool new technologies.
    18. endangered species mini-exhibit- you could put in pictures and information on endangered species including statistics. i drew footsteps on the ground to lead people into it.

    if that’s not enough you could also add exhibits on infectious diseases, science throughout history, science of the paranormal: aliens, monsters, ghosts, etc., the science of film and photography, the elements- maybe have another interactive exhibit, geology, forensic science, etc.

    some things you could think about using are plastic cups, silverware, plates, etc., cardboard, construction paper or decorative paper from a craft store like michael’s, pipe cleaners, beads, clay, crayola model magic, pebbles for a geology exhibit, aluminum foil, wire, mesh molding wire also from the craft store, aluminum cans, toilet paper/paper towel roles, fabric, tissue paper, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, foam, etc.

    that’s a fun assignment, i wish i’d had it!

    hope i helped and good luck!!!!

  22. Wow first of all you sound very smart!!! I am going into my sophomore year and I am also considered very ambitious and studious in terms of anything that has to do with education. This is exactly the topic I posted a question on 30 minutes or so ago. I am also very worried with my future, but am not in the same situation you are in. My school offers almost all AP courses possible and I already took one in my freshmen year (AP World) which I passed without a teacher, being that he was fired and all! Anyway, I am not in any extra-curriculars but I am planning on joining, so you have a good head start on that, and also I see that you have started individual work of your own (I acclaim you for that). I am here to tell you DO NOT FRET. You don’t have to take the actual class to take the test you could self-study and take the test with the others when they do, although you do have to pay for the fee I think. If you school doesn’t offer the test however you can STILL take it at another nearby school that does offer it (but make sure to let them now beforehand, you could actually call them up or look the school up in wikipedia). I am going to do it..I plan on taking no AP classes next year, but taking 6 exams!! Of course it means extra work on your behalf but what is not accomplishable if determinable? I am going to take a few in 11th grade but still self-study and the same with 12th. I know how you feel, not even I am that determined wow! Again I applaud you for your desire and will. You’ll go to places kid and I might find you there cause I am planning on going to those same places!!

  23. foam balls for the planets. spray paint them different colors to make them look like the planets. hang them in a box like a diorama and spray paint the back of the box a dark blue like the night sky. then use a silver metallic sharpie and dot the dark blue for stars.

  24. Kepler’s laws are much better demonstrated with comets. And also, the solar system isn’t the only system where Kepler’s Laws apply. Make up a fictional star system.

  25. 1 refracting
    2Project Mercury
    3Orbits aother object probe travel further
    4Youri S Gagarin
    5 It is reusable
    6Merxcury
    7Earth revolve once in 365.2422 days

    8Aversage distance from earth to Sun

    9Full moon
    10 Venus and mars
    11Giant storm on Jupiter
    12Black hole
    13 That is trueAppolo project
    14 Newtonian or reflectoer telescope uses mriior.
    15,16 where is the picture
    17 the side we see no light falls there.It is darek side.
    18 Mercury, venus,earth and mars.All terretrial lanets with hard surface and density
    19 Outer planes are gas giants Jupiter,Satrurn,Uranus and Neptune.
    Picture is not given

  26. 1. reflecting

    2. Project Apollo

    3. orbits another object, while the space probe travels farther
    into the solar system

    4. Yuri A. Gagarin

    5. all of the above

    6. Mercury

    7. Earth revolves once.

    8. the average distance from Earth to the sun

    9. new

    10. Venus and Mars

    11. a giant storm on Jupiter

    12. black hole

    13. Apollo

    14. What are options? One possible answer is Gregory

    15. axis

    16. winter

    17. We cannot see a new moon because Earth is between the Sun and the moon and thus, no light reaches from the Sun to the moon.

    18. Inner planets are are the four planets closest to the Sun. They are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars. They are primarily composed of rock ane metal.

    19. Outer planets are the four planets most distant from the Sun. They are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. They are primarily composed of hydrogen and helium and are much more massive than the inner planets.

    20. Where is the figure?
    _______________________.