Self Assessment

Surveying the Solar System

Some children's ideas about the Sun are presented as follows. Comment on each in terms of any errors and misconceptions present.

Children’s drawings of the Solar System as maps are particularly revealing. Examine the two maps below and comment on their scientific accuracy. Which key questions would you want to ask these children to obtain more information? Wall displays and mobiles are commonly used to model the Solar System in classrooms. What errors and misconceptions about the Solar Systemmight be conveyed inadvertently?


The Universe
The Milky Way Galaxy
Constellations, Surveying the Solar System
The Sun
Planets and their moons
Asteroids, comets and meterorites, Exploring the Earth-Sun-Moon System
Day and night
Seasonal change
The Moon's phases and eclipses
Further Reading
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