Solar System Project:
The purpose of this project is to create a model visual of our solar
system with the entire system scaled to size. This grade will count as two-
tests (2x 100= 200)
; Make a Solar System Model/poster to demonstrate the Sun and eight planets
orbiting around it.
; Color your planets as close as possible to the images that you can find
in books or the internet.
; Prepare your display with planetary statistics for each planet. ; To make your project more advanced, develop a scaled model of the Solar
; You will be graded on accuracy and clarity. You should know and
understand the correct vocabulary that is associated with the solar
system and the units of measure used when describing size and distances
in the solar system in presentation.
; Planets should be placed in proper order from the Sun.
; Planets size and distance from the Sun should be scaled to correct
proportions( Model project only)
; Students should research the composition of the inner and outer planets
and develop a cross section view of one inner and one outer planet he/she
finds the most interesting. This information will be used for final
; Students must display the scale formula for their project and how he/she
developed it (model project only.)
; Students must research and include planetary statistics for each planet;
data will be placed into an organized data table (must be included in
Model and poster project.)
; Student must remember to use the proper units when discussing their data
during oral presentation.
Research Paper requirements:
; Typed report (2 sets) containing scientific requirements 1 set on the
poster, 1 set to be handed in.
; Include a cover page with name, date, teacher, and period placed in the
bottom right corner
; Information is relevant and well organized.
; Paper should be 2-4 pages long, paragraphs indented, with each sentence
; All research sources should be organized into a bibliography (MLA) format. ; Student’s research paper must compare and contrast information on the 2
planets they have chosen to highlight in their visual. Information should
include type of planet inner or outer planet, planet’s date of discovery,
astronomer that discovered the planet, planet’s composition and all
planetary statistics (i.e. distance from Sun in A.Us, number of Earth
hours in a day, number of Earth days in a year, number of known moons,
and any distinct features found only on that planet and planet’s
Types of projects:
Research and poster-
In this type of project you do extensive research on a topic, write a research paper and do a visual of the main points of what you found in your research. Many times backboards are used to do the visual part of this project.
Research and Model-
In this of project you do extensive research on a topic, write a research paper and do visual of the main points of what you found in your research. But, in this type of project you build a scaled model to illustrate a scientific principle, for example a scaled model of the solar system.
Students will be grade according to the attached rubrics. All projects will have an oral presentation.
Research Paper Rubric
Points CATEGORY 25 22 20 16 Earned Organization Information is very Information is Information is The information is
disorganized. organized with organized with organized, but
well-constructed well-constructed paragraphs are not
paragraphs. well-constructed. paragraphs and
Quality of Information clearly Information clearly Information clearly Information has Information relates to the main relates to the main relates to the main little or nothing to
topic. It includes topic. It provides topic. No details do with the main
topic. several supporting 1-2 supporting and/or examples
are given. details and/or details and/or
Amount of All subtopics are All subtopics are Most subtopics are Limited information Information addressed and addressed and addressed and/or is addressed
information information the information and/or information
presented shows presented shows a presented is not at is above or below
that the student basic the student's level student's level of
of understanding understanding has an in-depth understanding of
the information understanding of
Mechanics No grammatical, Almost no A few grammatical Many grammatical,
spelling or grammatical, spelling, or spelling, or
punctuation errors. punctuation errors. punctuation errors. spelling or
Paragraph All paragraphs Most paragraphs Paragraphs Paragraphing Construction include include included related structure was not
introductory introductory information but clear and sentences
sentence, sentence, were typically not were not typically
constructed well. explanations or explanations or related within the
paragraphs. details, and details, and
Out of 100 Teacher Comments:
Points will be lost for no works cited page or if they are in the incorrect format
Oral Presentation Rubric
Name: ____________________________Topic: ___________________Date: _____________
Points Category 6 5 3 2 Earned Student presents Student presents Evaluator has Evaluator cannot information in information in difficulty following follow presentation logical, interesting Organization logical sequence presentation because there is no sequence which which evaluator can because student sequence of evaluator can follow. jumps around. information. follow.
Student Student does not demonstrates full Student is at ease have grasp of Student is only able Content knowledge (more with required information; to present basic Knowledge than required) with content, but fails to student cannot facts explanations and elaborate. answer questions
elaboration. about subject. Student uses a Student mumbles, clear voice with Student's voice is Student incorrectly incorrectly good volume and clear. Student pronounces terms. pronounces terms, Delivery correct, precise pronounces most Hard to hear at and speaks too pronunciation of words correctly. times. quietly for all to
Student usually Student Student maintains maintains eye occasionally uses Student reads all eye contact with Eye Contact contact but eye contact, but information with no audience, seldom frequently returns reads most eye contact. returning to notes. to the report. information
Presentation takes Presentation takes Presentation takes Presentation takes Time Limit between 5 and 7 less than 5 minutes. less than 3 minutes. less than 2 minutes. minutes.
CATEGORY 14 12 10 8
Includes a large Includes
quantity of sufficient Information was Information was information and information and limited or limited or Requirements moving graphics moving graphics graphics were not graphics were not that have been that have been original original created by created by
Covers topic in-Includes essential Includes essential depth with details knowledge about Content is minimal information about and examples. the topic. Subject OR there are Content the topic but Subject knowledge several factual there are 1-2 errors. knowledge is appears to be factual errors. excellent. good.
Uses headings or Content is well bulleted lists to There was no organized using organize, but the Content is clear or logical headings or Organization overall logically organized organizational bulleted lists to for the most part. organization of structure, just group related lots of facts. topics appears material. flawed.
Three or fewer Four misspellings No misspellings or More than 4 misspellings and/or Mechanics grammatical errors in spelling and/or mechanical grammatical errors. or grammar. errors. errors.
Makes use of Use of font, color, Makes excellent Makes good use of font, color, graphics, effects use of font, color, font, color, effects, etc. but etc. but these Attractiveness graphics, effects, graphics, effects, occasionally these often distract etc. to enhance etc. to enhance to detract from the from the the presentation. presentation. presentation presentation
Out of 70 Teacher Comments:
Scientific Model/Drawings Rubric
Points CATEGORY 14 12 10 8 Earned
Construction Appropriate materials Appropriate Appropriate Inappropriate materials –Materials were selected and materials were materials were were selected and or Drawing creatively used or selected and there selected or stray contributed to a poorly
lines are clear. Overall was an attempt at marks detract designed model or
the drawing is very creative use or from drawing or several stay marks, color
good, color was used color was not used, there are few was not used, the quality
of the drawing is poor stray marks and
quality of drawing the drawing is is fair good, color was
Scientific Visual indicates a Visual indicates a Visual indicates Visual does not
Knowledge clear and very somewhat accurate relatively accurate demonstrate an
accurate understanding of understanding of understanding of science
science concept concept presented understanding of science concept
presented science concept
Function Visual functions Visual functions Visual functions Major flaws in function
extraordinarily well well or most pretty well, but make it difficult to use
and student can easily structures are student has the model to
enhance the concept drawn accurately difficulty using the demonstrate concept or
or all structures are and are model to few structures are
drawn accurately and recognizable. All demonstrate the drawn and labeled
accurately are recognizable. All structures are concept or many
labeled accurately structures are labeled structures are
accurately. drawn accurately/
Visual Visual clearly shows Visual shows the Visual shows the Visual does not clearly appearance the concept and a concept and an concept in some show the concept and
great effort has been effort has been put ways and a limited very little effort has
put into making it into making it effort has been put been put into making it
realistic and functional realistic and somewhat realistic into making it
functional or all and functional realistic and
Labels Every item that needs Almost all items Most items that
to be identified has a that need to be need to be
Few of the items that label. It is clear which identified have identified have
need to be identified label goes with which labels. It is clear labels. It is clear have labels OR it is not structure which label goes which label goes
clear which label goes with which with which with which item. structure. structure.