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Relative Sizes of Planets
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.
What's "In" There: A Study of the Inner Planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars
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.
Life on Other Planets
In this planets learning exercise, students put the planets in order, complete sentences about planets, read text about planets, match sentences, and more. Students complete 7 tasks total.
Ambassador of the Planets and the Sun
Third graders research the sun and planets. For this science lesson, 3rd graders research the sun and planets. Then a model of a chosen planet is created. Students create a presentation on their planet.
Planet Research and Brochure
Fourth graders design a brochure based on the planet that they researched. In this planets lesson plan, 4th graders include the data, important facts, and completed as a team.
Plan a Mission to Recently Discovered Planet
Pupils 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. Pupils work in groups to research an assigned topic and present their findings to the class.
Students use various ball skills to reinforce the names of the planets, their order in relation to the sun, and the revolving of the planets around the sun.
My Own Planet
Learners brainstorm characteristics of space and show their understanding of the planets in the solar system and describe specific details about the planets.
"The Planets" Movie Guided Viewing Worksheet
In this movie worksheet, students fill in blanks, completing a set of 50 statements based on the movie, "The Planets." A reference web site is given for additional activities.
Solar System: The Four Inner Planets and Earth's Moon and Astronauts
Second graders read THe Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System. In this language arts and science lesson, 2nd graders explore the four inner planets. Students view the inner planets using Google Earth.
Finding Out About the Stars and Planets
Students complete a web-based activity to study the planets and solar system. Students complete a number of activities including a slide show that depict the true facts about planets.
Hoop Trip To The Planets
Students practice locomotor patterns already introduced while reinforcing facts about each planet.
Is There a Tenth Planet?
In this planets worksheet, students read about how our solar system's planets were discovered and how scientist believe there might be a tenth planet. After reading, students complete 4 short answer questions.
Finding the Circumference of Planets
In this finding the circumference of planets learning exercise, 5th graders use a calculator to find the circumference of the Earth, then complete a table for other planets.
Finding Extra-Solar Planets
Students plot and analyze NASA data to determine the period of an invisible planet orbiting a wobbling star. They explore the motion of a two-body system around a center of mass to better explain how extra-solar planets are discovered.
Observing the Outer Planets
Students observe the outer planets. In this science lesson, students use a telescope locate the outer planets of the solar system. Students create a video of their observations.
Students research characteristics of the planets and record their findings on Planet Web worksheet. They create fold paper to create a foldable booklet to display the information they discover about the planets.
Students create a booklet about the inner planets after researching the characteristics of each planet. Students research the following items for each planet: moons, size, rotation, orbit, atmosphere, an interesting fact. Their final product is a foldable booklet about their planet.
Adopt a Planet Math
Students practice using math skills by investigating our solar system. For this space science lesson, students research a specific planet of our solar system and take extensive notes. Students write a paper about their planet and practice graphing and charting the planet's location using math.
Your Weight On Other Planets
Focusing on gravity, this lesson explores the relative weight of objects on Earth to those on other planets. Learners create a spreadsheet to record results, research relative weights on other planets, and create a graph to share their findings.