Develop a Model
The student is expected to represent the natural world using models such as volcanoes or Sun, Earth, and Moon system and identify their limitations, including size, properties, and materials.
The student knows that information, critical thinking, scientific problem solving, and the contributions of scientists are used in making decisions.
A Closer Look, Scientific Models: Annenberg Learner (website) - Important information about scientific models, what they are, how they are developed, how and why they change over time, and what their limitations are.
Models are the Building Blocks of Science: The University of Texas (website) - Online article discusses different types of models, and explains their purpose and importance in the scientific world and other disciplines.
Modeling Day and Night: BioEd Online (website) – Students develop a model of the Earth using a ping-pong ball to understand the day and night cycle.
Erupting Volcanoes: Science NetLinks (website) – Students investigate the rapid changes that occur during a volcanic eruption by designing and making a volcano model.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Build A Solar System: Exploratorium (website) – Students use an online calculator to create a scale model of the solar system on a roll of toilet paper or a tape measure.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
A Scale Model of the Solar System using Play-Doh: NASA (website) - Students shape and arrange balls of Play-Doh into a scale model of our solar system.
Have students bring recycling materials from home and use the materials to build a model of something in the solar system.
Kids’ Paper Airplane Book. Blackburrn, Ken (ISBN-13: 978-0761104780)
The LEGO Ideas Book. Lipkowitz, Daniel (ISBN-13: 978-0756686062)
Earth Science Week: American Geosciences Institute. (website) - Find a variety of activities that model earth science processes and structures on this website.