The future we predicted when we wrote this popular activity in 2005 has sadly not happened yet. We're now guessing it will be 2055 when Santa is delivering pressies around the solar system.
Students analyse planetary data to find which planet best satisfies Santa's future requirements. They then e-mail Santa to advise him of their decision, and - if you wish - design a card to show why this planet is such a great place to spend Christmas.
- Students interpret the properties of planets, from data
Blueprint curriculum link
- Unit: Gravity
- Concept: Solar system: The solar system is modelled as planets rotating on tilted axes, orbiting the Sun. This explains day and year length, seasons and how planets and moons appear
- Skill: Draw conclusions: Deduce patterns and relationships in data and observations
- Learning stage: Analyse
- Teachers guide
- PDF file
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