Jr. High science class teaches students more about the world around them than they ever knew before. In particular, eight grade teaches students about the wonder that is the solar system. Supplement the traditional class time with fun projects that are sure to get students participating and helping them learn more about the planets and stars.
Check out THIS article for tips on how to integrate the projects into the classroom, and for fun projects such as a travel brochure, models of the planets, labeling the constellation, and the life cycle of a star.
For cool models and gear to help you teach science the class, check out HERE, HERE, and HERE.