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Solar System Activity- Recycled solar system

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Amanda Cantu Amanda Cantu 210 Points

Students can create a solar system of recycled plastic lids as planets! Not only will be they be learning about the solar system but the importance of recycling. Also it is cheap all you need is water bottle caps from your home as well as the students, and crayons. Enjoy

Taylean Zuniga Taylean Zuniga 190 Points

This seems like a cool activity to do with students. Would the water bottle caps be big enough? 

Nicole Rodriguez Nicole Rodriguez 245 Points

This is a great idea! I have also seen where they use rocks and they paint the planets on each rock. This idea would also be good to discuss the topic of how rocks are formed. 

 

Nicole Rodriguez Nicole Rodriguez 245 Points

This is a great idea! I have also seen where they use rocks and they paint the planets on each rock. This idea would also be good to discuss the topic of how rocks are formed. 

 

Brittany Brazell Brittany Brazell 180 Points

I've never thorught to do something like this, thanks for sharing! To build off of this activity, you could hot glue the bottle caps to a recycled piece of cardboard so that the students can understand the order of the solar system.  

Sharnae Pegues Sharnae Pegues 510 Points

I am such a fan of this idea! This is especially convenient during these times, where some students are going to school from home to stay safe from the coronavirus. Maybe I can use this idea as a guide to make it even more home-friendly.

Sharnae Pegues Sharnae Pegues 510 Points

Also, I'm an upcoming educator. So, I greatly appreciate you putting this suggestion out there. I'm always looking for engaging projects I can assign my students and I feel that this one is a definate keeper!

Samantha Hyde Samantha Hyde 1850 Points

I enjoy this idea and I think it would be a fun activity. I like that the materials are household objects. I think reaching out to parents to ask for old plastic water bottles with their caps is an easy way to involve the parents. It shows them they can contribute to their childs learning. What is also great about this project that it shows students how everyday objects can be turned into a learning oppertunity and that helps build connections between the content they are learning and their lives. I like that this activity incorporantes different subject areas. You have science with the solar system and recycling. The students are using their mulit-intellgences with creating thir solar system. This activity you could easily tie in math and language arts for example, read a book over the different types of planets that fits into your lesson plan. 

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