-Jupiter is so large that all of the planets could fit inside of it & there would still be room for more!
-Earth & Venus are called the twins because they're similar in size
-Mars could fit inside of the Earth!
-1000 Earths could fit inside of Jupiter
-1000 Jupiters could fit inside the sun - this means 1,000,000 Earths could fit inside the sun!
I know it is hard for my kids to visualize the enormous sizes of the planets. Showing them teeny, tiny Earth compared to giant Jupiter really helps them to imagine the size differences. The activity I created involves finding the circumference of each ball (in centimeters of course because scientists always use the metric system!) & then using those numbers along with some clues to figure out which ball represents which planet. They loved this activity!
I was inspired by these pictures that I found on Pinterest- I have no idea what the original source is - if anyone knows, please let me know!!
First I show my students how Earth is larger than Mars, Venus, Mercury, & Dwarf Planet Pluto:
Jupiter looks huge! Until you compare it to the sun:
I love these pictures that I found on The Atlantic website: