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Short Description: Children help create and then navigate an outdoor course of the traditional "planets" (including dwarf planet Pluto), which are represented by small common objects. By counting the jumps needed to reach each object, children experience first-hand the vast scale of our solar system.
Scale of Our Solar System
Grade Level: 5-8
Our Solar System,
Voyager 1 (Our Solar System),
Voyager 2 (Our Solar System)
Science Education Standards: Benchmarks
The Physical Setting: The Universe:
- Planets change their positions against the background of stars. 4A/E3
- The earth is one of several planets that orbit the sun, and the moon orbits around the earth. 4A/E4
National Science Education Standards
Content Standard D: Earth and Space Science:
Grades 5-6: Earth in the Solar System
- The earth is the third planet from the sun in a system that includes the moon, the sun, eight other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets. The sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system.
- Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion. Those motions explain such phenomena as the day, the year, phases of the moon, and eclipses.
Source: Lunar and Planetary Institute