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This two day activity is a mathematically accurate way to teach students about the scale orbits of the plants around the sun. It provides students with data on the size of the planets as well as its distance from the sun. Students create scale planets on day one and model their distance from the sun on day two. Materials required are butcher paper, markers, tape measure, wood stakes or markers, and some fun!
It is aligned with the following NGSS Next Generation Science Standard Performance Expectation:
MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system