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                              Solar System Model Project                  

    We have been learning about the solar system and models. In order to show what you have learned, I would like for you to create your own solar system model to display in the classroom.  There are no limits to the project; you can use anything you like! This will be a test grade, so make sure you do your best.


    I encourage you to be creative and show what you have learned.


    There are some basic rules for your project:

    ? You must have the Sun and all 8 planets! (You may include Pluto if you wish. But remember, it isn’t a planet anymore!)


    ? The sun needs to be the biggest object. Try to keep the planets in proportion. In other words, Earth should not be larger that Jupiter.


    ? All objects must be labeled correctly and where I can easily read it.


    ? You should be able to give 3 interesting facts about each object. You can include the facts on your project or on index cards.


    ? The planets should be colored correctly. Follow the color patterns below.

    Mercury: Color the planet yellow. Color over the yellow with light brown.

    Venus: Color the planet yellow. Color over the yellow with light brown.

    Earth: Color the land – brown or green, water – blue, clouds – white.

    Mars: Color the ice caps white. Color the rest of the planet orange. Color over the orange with light red.

    Jupiter: Color the planet orange, yellow, red, and light brown. Make the Great Red Spot dark red.

    Saturn: Color the planet yellow and light orange. Color the rings light yellow.  

    Uranus: Color the planet blue-green.

    Neptune: Color the planet blue. Color the clouds white. Make the Great Dark Spot dark blue.


    ? You may use anything you like to do the project. A coat hanger, a box, dowel rods, Styrofoam balls, food, whatever you would like!


    A rubric is attached to help you and your parents figure out what project will deserve an “A”. Do your best, because the whole school might get to see it!


    If you need supplies or help with the project, be sure to ask me! I will help however I can, but don’t wait until the last minute. (Make sure you speak with Mrs. Livingston, she will contact me with your concerns)









    THIS PROJECT IS DUE April 12, 2018


    Name  ____________________________________________  Date: _______________                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


    Solar System Model Project Rubric







    20 points



    17 points



    14 points



    10 points





    Students showed large amounts of

    creativity. All

    planets are the correct color

    and imagination has been used

    when designing the model.

    Thought has been put into the project.

    The planets are close to the

    correct color and there is evidence of student effort.

    Some thought has been put into the

    project. There

    is some color and a few

    planets are colored incorrectly.

    Very little or no creativity. No

    color is used or

    the planets are all colored incorrectly.


    All planets are found and are in the correct order.

    All planets are accounted for and are in the correct order.

    One planet is missing and/or one or two

    planets are out of order.

    Two planets

    are missing

    and/or 3 or

    more planets are out of order.

    Three or more planets are

    missing and/or

    planets are not in the correct

    order or many are out of place.



    All of the planets are roughly

    proportional to each other.

    Most of the planets are

    proportional to each other.

    There are a couple of

    mistakes with

    the proportions of the planets.

    Planets are not correctly

    proportioned. (Mars should not be larger that Jupiter.)



    All planets are clearly and correctly labeled.

    All planets are correctly

    labeled, but are difficult to read or find.

    Planets are incorrectly

    labeled or the labels are


    impossible to read.

    Planets are not labeled or the labels are

    impossible to read.



    All planets have at least 3 facts stated on the

    project or note cards.

    All planets have at least 3 facts,

    but are difficult to read.

    Planet facts are stated

    incorrectly or almost

    impossible to read.

    Planet facts are not listed or

    the facts are

    impossible to read.




    Planets in Order by Size

    Jupiter - (diameter = 142,800 km)

    Saturn - (diameter = 120,660 km)

    Uranus - (diameter = 51,118 km)

    Neptune - (diameter -= 49,528 km)

    Earth - (diameter = 12,756 km)

    Venus - (diameter = 12,104 km)

    Mars - (diameter = 6787 km)

    Mercury - (diameter = 4879.4 km)


            Total points earned = ______ / 100         





    Assign On: 3/20/2018
    Due: 4/12/2018
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