Toilet Paper Solar System

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:Family Astro
Summary:Toilet Paper Solar System is a high-interest, kinesthetic group activity in which students create a scalar model of distances in the solar system using a single roll of toilet paper. This activity can be conducted in either a long hallway or, as a special treat, outdoors. Data for two versions of the activity are included: a short version in which solar system distances can be modeled using 100 sheets of paper and a longer version, using 200 sheets of paper. The author notes that this model only applies to relative distances, not relative size of planets.
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS1-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; activities; middle school; solar system; space
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