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Grade 6, Chapter 5 Investigation Organizer:

Far, Far Away

Summary: Your group's task is to draw a diagram of the solar system for a local science museum. This diagram will show the distance of each planet from the sun, using an appropriate scale. You will also create a brochure to accompany your exhibit. This brochure will provide information about the planets in our solar system and explain why you used astronomical units in your diagram.

1. Plan It

Research. Look up the definition of astronomical units in an encyclopedia.

[Checkbox] Our planning completed

2. Put It Together

Construct your diagram. Use the scale to determine the distance of each planet from the sun on your diagram.

[Checkbox] Our diagram completed

3. Wrap It Up

A. Create a brochure. Your brochure should share what you have learned in this project. Include the distances of the planet from the sun.

B. Write. Write a paragraph in your brochure to explain what an astronomical unit is and how it works for your diagram.

[Checkbox] Brochure completed

4. Discuss Your Results

[Checkbox] Review completed

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