Planets Teacher Resources
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Characteristics of Inner Planets
Aspiring astronomers assess the inner planets using this handout. They read about the characteristics of each, noting that all four of them have rocky surfaces. Rotation and revolution are introduced, including Venus' retrograde rotation, and the greenhouse effect created by the atmospheres of Venus and Earth are explained.
4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Planet PowerPoint Lesson
Looking for a good, technology-based science lesson for your 3rd graders? This lesson is worth a look! They will utilize PowerPoint to create a presentation for the class on a planet of their choice. They also use document cameras, a scanner, and perform internet research to gather facts and about their planet.
E.T., Are You Out There?
Research the necessary components of a planet that supports life after reading the article "All of a Sudden, The Neighborhood Looks a Lot Friendlier" from The New York Times. After finding their information, middle and high schoolers create short science fiction stories in which they incorporate their research.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Reading and Writing About the Solar System
Utilizing the classic Magic School Bus series, young scientists explore the solar system. Some excellent worksheets are included in this plan, such as Planet Roll Call and Solar System in Motion. This is an ambitious 5-day unit that should lead to a much greater understanding of our Solar System for your students.
1st - 2nd English Language Arts
Effective and Alternative Secondary Education: Planets in the Solar System
This is a complete packet consisting of three lessons about the origin of the solar system, the sun, and the planets. Work in this packet is meant to be self-directed; learners go at their own pace and instructions direct them on how to proceed through the readings and activities.
7th - 12th Science
Lab Activity: Model of the Planets
This worksheet leads the class through the calculations needed to construct circles to represent the planets of our Solar System. The actual values are provided, as are suggested calculations to create the scale diameters. The ten questions that follow ask general questions about the properties and behavior of the planets.
7th - 10th Science
Would You Want to Visit My Planet?
Challenge your class with this lesson on planets in which they create a multimedia presentation. Using a rubric as a guide, learners do research on a particular planet and create a PowerPoint presentation. There is a list of websites to make the research portion of this task easy.
Planets in Our Solar System
Each member of a four-student group takes on a specific aspect of an assigned planet to research. After gathering information, the team works together to create a travel brochure and a presentation intended to convince other classmates to visit their assigned planet.
4th - 8th Science
Describing the Planets
Kids love learning about space! In this short plan, your young Spanish speakers read Los Planetas and talk about the nine planets. By the end, they should be able to name and identify each of the planets and add some descriptive words. Is it a small planet?
3rd - 4th Languages
Healthy Earth, Sick Earth
Earth is sick and needs our help! Read the children's book Planet Earth Gets Well to explain the various problems facing the planet, discussing what young conservationists can do to heal the planet along the way. A great Earth Day resource that raises awareness about the importance of conservation and the different ways people affect the environment.
K - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Solar System Book
Young astronomers travel through the solar system in the pages of this printable book. With clear pictures and simple sentence structure, this is a perfect resource for exploring the planets in the early elementary grade levels.
6 mins Pre-K - 2nd Science CCSS: Adaptable