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Sixth graders create a Thinking Map bubble chart to display the relative sizes of the nine planets (diameter) in the solar system. They fill out a Planetary Data Table by comparing and contrasting the planets from information found in the textbook. Then they create a simple database to organize their findings.
First graders identify and explore the four inner planets. In this planet science lesson, 1st graders watch a PowerPoint about the planets. Students read the book Our Solar System and discuss the inner planets. Students create a book with a page about each of the four inner planets. Students also complete a search for the Solar System worksheet.
Students become familiar with the members of the solar system and planetary order. They identify differences and characteristics of individual planets. Finally students visualize the great size of the solar system and make the image more manageable by converting large distances to a smaller scale.
Students explore the solar system. In this solar system lesson plan, students visit selected Internet websites to discover factual information regarding the sun and the planets. Students also view a PowerPoint presentation, complete a solar system coloring book, and journal about the information they discover.
Students plan a mission to a recently discovered planet. In this science lesson, students research spacecraft design, distances in space, long-term missions in space, and life-sustaining planets. Students work in groups to research an assigned topic and present their findings to the class.