Poor Pluto! February 2, 2008Posted by davegoblog in Books, Science.
Their teacher made a very shocking announcement while the students were working on their solar system dioramas:
Class, scientists have just decided that Pluto can no longer be a planet. Now, there are only 8 planets, so please remove him from your project.”
And so begins the story by third-grade students of Tokay Colony Elementary School in Lodi, California. They like the rest of us were astonished to learn that International Astronomical Union decided that Pluto would no longer be classified as a planet in August 2006. So, they used materials that they found around their school at recess to build a rocket ship, which was big enough to hold 16 students, 1 teacher, and 3 hamsters. Those brave students were determined to find Pluto and bring him back with them so he wouldn’t feel lonely without his lost planetary family. Disregarding the gravitational issues involved, this wonderful story written and illustrated by the third-graders helps us all deal with the loss of a planet and begin to accept our new eight planet solar system. Pluto, we still love you no matter what the IAU calls you.