Create your own model to show how the Earth orbits the Sun while the moon travels around the Earth. Great manipulative to help explain the concept. Identify and describe characteristics of the sun, Earth and moon as familiar objects in the solar system.
on black paper (do galaxay watercolor bkgd for Sun, Earth, and Moon model for outer space, solar system, or astronomy theme unit for kids. Great science AND art project for preschool or elementary age.
Make this simple model to demonstrate the differences between rotation and revolution. Thread a practice golf ball onto a pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner closed, to make a loop. To show rotation: spin the ball. To show revolution: slide the ball aro