This "walking tour" of the objects in our solar system is one of my favorite activities to do with my class!
It can be so difficult to teach your students just how far apart the planets really are. Plotting out the planets in their relative distances based on astronomical units and getting your students to move through them can help them to really begin to conceptualize these mind-boggling distances.
This pack includes 10 posters (The Sun, 8 planets, plus Pluto), directions for 3 different versions of set up depending on the size of your space, and an optional fact recording sheet for students to use as they "travel" through the planets.
Additional materials needed include something to measure the distances- I have used a measurement wheel in the past (this is something you may be able to borrow from a P.E. teacher), and if you want to set up the walk in grass you would need some kind of stake to attach the posters to, such as paint stirrers. You can set this walking tour up along a sidewalk, hallway, playground, etc.
I have included 3 different versions of the measurements, depending on the size of your space:
*The "small scale" version needs a straight path 88.5 ft long
*The "medium scale" version needs a straight path 177 ft long
*The "large scale" version needs a straight path 354 ft long
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