When we studied Jupiter, Lillie made this chart that shows the size comparison of all the planets. Here's how you do it.
Draw a plus sign with both lines measuring 7 inches long. Draw dots on each pole then connect the dots to make a big circle. Label this circle Jupiter. Now, measure from the center 3 inches, draw dots to mark , then using a different color, connect these dots to form a circle. Label Saturn. Continue this process using the following measurements:
2.5 inches for Uranus
Slightly less than 2.5 inches for Neptune
A little over .5 inches for Earth
Exactly .5 inches for Venus
.3 inches for Mars
.25 inches for Mercury
Now you can compare the size relativity of the planets. Which planets are the largest, smallest, closest in size? It's a pretty simple way to illustrate size difference comparison.Here's the picture of Lillie's chart. She's not the best drawer of circles, yet, but the important thing is that SHE did the work. For Saturn, we made these easy Saturn models using styrofoam balls, old scratched cd's, paint, glitter, and alot of patience :) They turned out pretty neat and I expect the children to revolve them around things for the good part of the afternoon. Here's some pics and videos.
And here's just some random shots on the memory card. I wonder sometimes about this kid...
Ummmm...those are grits if you were wondering.
The freedom of homeschooling! Reading Lesson on the Fridge!!!!
Have a blessed day!