• 4th Grade Solar System Project 

    Due Date: September 16, 2019 

     

    State Standards: Earth and Space Systems 

    Goal 4.1: Understand scientific theories of origin and subsequent changes in the universe and earth systems. 

    1. S.4.1.1: Compare and contrast the basic components of our solar system (planets, sun, moon, asteroids, comets, meteors).

     

    Project Objectives: 

    The student will be able to produce a 3-D model of the solar system and demonstrate what they have learned about our solar system. 

     

     

    Project Rubrics: 

    Points 

    4 

    3 

    2 

    1 

    Model 

    Model was turned in on time and complete. 

    Model was turned in on time. 

    Model was turned in late. 

    Model was turned in late and incomplete. 

    Planets 

    Model included a creative representation of all nine planets in the correct order. 

    Model included all nine planets. 

    Model did not include all nine planets in order. 

    Model did not include all nine planets and was inaccurate. 

    Sun 

    Model included a creative representation of the sun in an accurate relationship to the planets. 

    Model included the sun in accurate relationship to the planets. 

    Model included a sun but did not represent accurate position in relation to the planets. 

    Model did not include the sun. 

     Asteroid belt, comets, and meteors. 

    Model included asteroid belt, comets and meteors. 

    Model included two out of three. 

    Model included one out of three. 

    Model did not include asteroid belt, comets or meteors. 

    Solar System Facts 

    Model included facts about the solar system. 

    Model included some facts about the solar system. 

    Model included few facts about the solar system. 

    Model did not include facts about the solar system. 

    Presentation 

    Model and facts were complete and accurate. 

    Model and facts were complete and mostly accurate. 

    Model and facts were not accurate. 

    Model and facts were incomplete and inaccurate. 

     

    The solar system model must be student created and constructed out of everyday materials.  Families may help students plan, brainstorm ideas and put together their model, but must not do it for them.  Students may not buy solar system kits and put them together for their project.  The model must be small enough to sit on their desk or be tacked to the wall/hung from the ceiling.  Please encourage your student to use everyday items that you may usually throw away or have around the house.  This project is not meant to cost you money.  It is meant to give students the opportunity to construct a model of our solar system and demonstrate what they have learned in creative ways.  It is intentionally open so that students may use their imaginations with minimal restrictions.  You may visit our Class Web Site for links to sites that are good sources for ideas, information and inspiration and don’t forget good books!!!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and have fun!!!