What happened to Pluto?

In this activity children learn about the scientific method and use evidence to decide whether or not Pluto is a planet.

Description

Pluto lost its planetary status when scientists redefined what a makes a planet. Advances in technology results in new knowledge and often scientists have to review and question their original thoughts.

Children learn about the scientific method. They use evidence to decide whether or not Pluto is a planet. They develop the idea of how science works to role-play their explanation in an assembly. This activity is a cross-phase activity.

Learning Objective:

-    that it is important to test ideas using evidence

Children will learn:

-    that data can be used to draw conclusions and agree or disagree with a prediction

-    that Pluto is not defined as a planet under the new definition

 

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Acknowledgements

These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.