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Olivier Guyon, professor of optical science and astronomy, explains how scientists are searching for other planets that can support life. Viewers learn the odds of finding a habitable planet, how long it would take, and some techniques developed in order to increase the odds. Where this resource does not fit traditionally taught topics, it could be used as an introduction to space exploration or as a springboard for discussing why humans invest so much time and money to studying the cosmos.  
Fourth graders research the planets and create brochures to share their information.  In this planets instructional activity, 4th graders navigate the Internet to gather information for a brochure about an imaginary trip to their planet. Students complete their brochures using Microsoft Publisher.
Students identify and sequence the major events that caused Earth to develop into a habitable planet. They view videos, conduct research, participate in discussions and work in groups to determine the likelihood of other habitable worlds.
Upper-elementary astronomers take on the role of interplanetary real estate salesmen. They research an assigned planet and create a PowerPoint to persuade the rest of the class to purchase property and move there. This fun project would be a memorable way to end a solar system unit.
Learners investigate the planets in our solar system. They conduct research using a variety of resources in order for students to make cognitive connections with the demonstrations made by the teacher. Learners discover how to recognize the planets in the night sky, and how planets and stars differ from each other.
Students complete an in-depth study of the known planets in the solar system. As a class, students identify the planets that are known in the universe, in the night sky. They explain the differences between planets and stars and the prograde and retrograde motion of the planets.
Learners examine the concept of a solar system. In this research based lesson, students compare a star and a planet. They explain the requirements for life in a biosphere.
Students gain knowledge about earth and space science by studying the nine planets in the solar system as well as their key characteristics. In this solar system lesson, students identify the nine planets. Students work in groups to complete a planet and description matching game. Students make a chart of the planets and their descriptions. Students sing a planet song. Students write a letter about their favorite planet and construct a planet diagram.
Young scholars recognize basic geometric shapes. They research the positions of planets in our solar system and find information on early theories about the location of planets and the sun. Students visualize planets as they might appear in an imaginary solar system and create original works of art based upon their knowledge.
Students identify and explain natural cycles and patterns in the solar system. They write short reports about the solar system. Students plot the order of the planets in a colorful diagram. They use Crayola Gel Markers to add a colorful diagram to report on the natural cycles of the solar system.
In this planet Earth instructional activity, students read the paragraph about the planet Earth and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 5 questions.
Learners study the moon and the planets. They create a painted, paper mache moon or planet sculpture.
Students study the planets, draw or make models of them, and diagram their positions in space. In this planets lesson plan, students listen to the music of The Planets while studying them.
Learners study robotic spacecrafts that have provided detailed information about the inner and outer planets. For this exploring the planets lesson plan, students use posters and diagrams to study the various robotic spacecraft sent to the planets. They explore the different ways scientists have learned about our planets.
Young scholars examine the solar system. In this space lesson, students identify the order of the planets and their relative size to the sun. Young scholars create a scale model of our solar system using a variety of household objects.
Students react to statements about the solar system, then read a news article about a recently discovered object that could be another planet. For this space science and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the lesson with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Sixth graders create and analyze a model of the solar system. They anaylze and interpret data from graphs and tables. Students use technology (CD-ROMs, Internet and multi-media) to gather and present information on a planet. They compare planetary distances.
Learners discuss similarities and differences of the inner and outer planets. In this outer planets lesson, students participate in activities to learn about the outer planets and write a letter, a news article or a song.
A wonderfully designed, and very thorough lesson plan on the planets in our solar system. Designed for third graders, this instructional activity has learners use technology and multimedia tools to research, explore, and create information about the solar system. The class is transformed into a 10-station learning center where children explore the solar system, and end up creating a book about the planets and a brochure that focuses on a planet of their choice. Terrific!
Can you name all of the planets in our galaxy in order from the sun? The young astronomers in this video demonstrate how they memorized the planets.