We’re going to do a concept map of the solar system here’s how you do that.
1. First, get an 11×17 piece of paper. If you don’t have a piece that
big you can make one by taping two 8.5×11 (that’s normal size) pieces
2. Draw the Sun, the 8 planets and the asteroid belt as much to scale
as possible (in terms of size and distance from the Sun) on the piece
Note: you CANNOT draw
the solar system to scale and still expect it to be visible. But as you
draw think about which planets are larger, which are smaller, which are
tightly spaced and which are far from each other. And draw so that those
relationships are visible.
3. Now labeling, label everything you can possibly think of about
each planet. We want this concept map to include everything any
reasonable person could want to know about the solar system. Some things
to think about.
- Period of rotation
- Period of revolution
- Jovian or terrestrial?
- Distance from the sun
4. Anything interesting about that particular planet
- Large volcanoes
- Big red spots
- Orbits on its side
- Runaway greenhouse atmosphere
I’m not saying label it with these things, I’m saying label it with
every possible thing you can think of. This should help you see and make
sense of patterns in the solar system. Feel free to be creative, get
some colored pencils and do it in color if you want. Draw little
spaceships and aliens if you want. Have all the fun you want with it.
The important thing is to get the information on there so you’ve worked
with it, you can see it and your brain can assimilate it. (resistance is
Once you’ve finished your concept map photograph it (Note: it might
take more than one picture to do it justice) and submit your photos to
the drop box. THEN hang the concept map on your wall in all its glory
for everyone to see and admire and for you to study from.