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My Solar System

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:


Students will use a simulation to build their own solar system. In the process they will discover the relationship between gravity and motion that keeps a planet in orbit.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 1 Objective 2

Analyze Earth as part of the solar system, which is part of the Milky Way galaxy.


  • Computer lab or computer and projector (if demonstrated)
  • student sheet (attached)


Instructional Procedures:

  1. Preview the website: My Solar System.
  2. Decide how students will be grouped (no more than 3 to a computer is best.
  3. Read introduction and directions with students.
  4. Do an example with a projector. There are “Pre-sets” that are fun to watch and will need explanations for the students to understand.
  5. Allow students time to work.
  6. Have students show their work to summarize the activity. Make sure there are examples of how mass and velocity affect the orbits.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Nov 04 2014 13:15 PM