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Looking for a good worksheet to help teach about the planet Saturn? This worksheet is for you! An excellent photograph of Saturn accompanies three paragraphs of text. Pupils answer five multiple choice questions based on what they've read. Excellent!
Our Solar System and Seasons
Sixth graders investigate the relative diameters of planets and distances between them and the cause for seasons on Earth using the 5-E Learning Model. They appreciate the size and distances involved with objects in the real universe. Students explore why Earth experiences seasons, and discover the climatic differences between the poles, middle latitudes and the equator.
After reading a short excerpt about the planet named after the Roman god of war, Mars, your class will answer four comprehension questions. The worksheet challenges them to fold over the paper and answer the questions without referring back to the excerpt. An answer sheet is available.
Students access prior knowledge of the Rights for Earth lists and the Global Charter for Basic Rights. In this basic rights lesson, students create guidelines for an imaginary planet to protect basic rights. Students share their work on the rights they've chosen.
Gravity: It's GREEEAAATTT!
Students calculate effects of gravitational force on planets, discuss the effects of weightlessness on the human body and describe and demonstrate how objects in a state of free fall are accelerated by gravity at an equal rate.
Students access prior knowledge about greenhouse gases. in this greenhouse gases lesson, students read an article for information to understand what greenhouse gases are and how they affect climate. Students make diagrams to illustrate the effects of greenhouse gases on the planet.
Understanding Climate Change
Explore the causes and effects of a warming planet with your students.
The Story of the Solar System
Have your class explore space with this resource. Learners identify the different planets in our solar system and watch a video on the topic. They design posters about meteors, asteroids and comets. This is a motivating way for learners to discuss the solar system.
To Half or Half Not
Jump into equivalent fractions using these fun scenarios for mathematicians to solve. First, they use geoboards to find different ways to divide a rectangle in half. Then, an alien from the planet Fractional is after one half of their candy, but scholars trick him into taking a smaller amount using equivalent fractions. There are two more cooperative games here as well as extensions and all the materials you will need.
Astonishing Planetary Discovery
Students access the Internet, research one of the planets, copy and paste necessary information, and design a creature that would survive for a year on their planet. They present their creature and its qualities to the rest of the class.
Healthy Earth, Sick Earth
This lesson only works if you are willing to purchase the book, Planet Earth Gets Well, by Madeline Kaplan. It is a colorfully illustrated work that challenges primary learners by having the planet itself talk to them in first person about human impact on the environment. The class brainstorms a list of activities that are healthy for Earth and a list of those that are not. This is an early introduction to scientific literacy!
Is Anyone Out There? Examining Astrobiology and the Value of SETI
Blow their minds with a instructional activity on the search for life outside of our planet! A brief video proposes the question of how to define life. A couple of articles investigate the possibility of alien existence. Finally, the class is divided into groups, each with a specific task. They research and prepare pitches to convince investors to contribute financially to further exploration, explain how radio telescopes work, and more!
The Story of the Solar System
There is more to the solar system than the typical study of the sun and planets. Launch a study of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets by watching the video The Story of the Solar System, available for purchase through this resource on the Discovery Education website. Then break the class into small groups to research celestial objects. Group members create posters that include illustrations and interesting facts, and prepare a presentation for the class about their object. This plan contains some interesting ideas that may be useful even without the paid video.
Planets' Relative Gravity Spreadsheet
Sixth graders use online resources to find information about nine planets in our solar system. Using the relative gravity of each planet, they create a spreadsheet to calculate what the weight of an average man and woman would be on each of the planets.
Pluto No Planet
Students read a story called Pluto a Planet No More and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. In this planet lesson plan, students respond to literature by answering questions, recalling details, sharing facts, creating mnemonics to help them learn the names of the planets in their correct sequence from the sun, and sing a song called The Family of the Sun.
Discover the Planets
Third graders research the planets. In this science lesson, 3rd graders create PowerPoint presentations over a planet. Students present their findings.
Planets (Inner and Outer)
Sixth graders research about the characteristics of their chosen planet. In this space science lesson, 6th graders create a PowerPoint presentation based on specific criteria. They present their project in class.
What's Your Favorite Planet?
Fourth graders interpret a graph and make correlations using data. After taking a class survey, 4th graders create a class graph of their favorite planets. Working in small groups, they interpret the information and create at least ten connections based on the information.
Get Me Off This Planet
Students discover how a spacecraft gets from the surface of the Earth to Mars. They investigate rockets and how they are able to get us into space. Finally, the nature of an orbit is discussed as well as how orbits enable us to get from planet to planet - specifically from Earth to Mars. After a lecture/demo, students access websites imbedded in this plan to do further study on space travel.
Surfing to the Planets on the Internet
Seventh graders explore the planets using computers and other forms of electronic technology. They research data on two planets and compare the data. Students make conclusions regarding the size of their planets. They calculate how long it would take to get from Earth to their planet.