How far apart are the Planets?
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This world is a solar system map that emphasizes planetary distances. It is best if students have explored issues of planetary size (perhaps using the Minecraft Edu lesson "How big are the Planets?"). It is also recommended that students view the youtube video, "To Scale: The Solar System," to help them understand the difficulties and misconceptions in constructing a scaled model of the solar system.
Students should have a note-taking sheet when they enter this world. They should be allowed to FLY but not to build. They can move about by flying (ideal to get an overall view of the solar system), or by teleporting (to save time in going from one planet to another). At each orbital pathway, students can also catch a ride on the moving minecart to get a view of what it is like for the planet to move along its pathway. Additionally, there are NPCs (non player characters) on the ground beneath each planet to answer questions.
After a set amount of time (perhaps 1 hour), students should be FROZEN and disconnect from the world. They can then be assessed, whether through online means (Socrative, Kahoot) or a traditional paper format; these assessments can be open note.
Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III: SC.5.8.1 and SC.5.8.3
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