The purpose of this graphic organizer is to get your students to analyze and interact with information that, by itself in a textbook, is cold, seemingly endless, and close to impossible to understand.
Besides presenting how our solar system might have formed, this cause-and-effect flow chart also reinforces the whole concept of science, which is the study of how/why things happen. We (the earth and our surrounding solar system) are here, so there must be a reason. Instead of assuming the reasons for this are un-knowable, what this lesson does is suggest one way the solar system formation might have happened. And, would you believe, even though these steps are highly over-simplified, they still makes sense!?!?
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