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Students compare and contrast Earth and Saturn's planet features. In this space science lesson, students draw a diagram of the solar system and identify the different components. They complete a Saturn system scavenger hunt and Venn diagram after the activity.
Sixth graders complete a WebQuest to study the names and locations of the planets in the solar system. They investigate the causes of the seasons and the distance between the planets using astronomical units. They use technology to research and communicate information and ideas.
Students explore planets and other bodies that make up the solar system, choose one of the planets, and design a way for a spacecraft to land on that planet.
Sixth graders investigate the livability of different planets in the universe by researching and organizing information from a number of sources in this unit project. They decide on a location for a space station which they support in an multimedia presentation.
Students determine the relative size and distance of the planets in the solar system. They use ratios in their mathematical calculations to make models of the planets after discussing the relative sizes of the planets. They keep a science journal of the activities.
Young scientists gain a better understanding of space, the solar system and its vastness by creating a scale model. Students first need to calculate the distance between each of the nine planets according to the size of their scale. This can be done using calculators and a conversion chart, however a conversion chart is not included in this resource. After calculating the distances, small groups measure out these distaces on adding machine tape and draw the plants, making a scale-sized univer
Students research the planets in the solar system and write about a selected planet. They listen to the book "The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System" and watch the video "The Magic School Bus: Gets Lost in Space." Students explore the Magic School Bus website, and write about their favorite planet in the form of a poem.
Students research the planets and create a "travel brochure." In this space science lesson, students read the book Magic School Bus: Lost in Space and identify various properties of each planet. Students create a brochure for a specific planet.
Students explore the Solar System. In this cross-curriculum space instructional activity, students identify the planets, name them in order according to distance from the sun, and describe major characteristics of each planet. Students research one planet and prepare an advertisement poster featuring the planet as a vacation destination.
Students explore the solar system. In this solar system lesson, students role play the planets and orbit the sun. Students compare the planets' distance from the sun and the time it takes to orbit the sun.
Students examine the positions of the nine planets in respect to our solar system and explain the unique characteristics of each planet.
Students work in groups to create the planets of the solar system. In this planets lesson, students create a hanging solar system taking into account the size, shape and position of the planets. Students discuss the gravity on each planet as well as other discussion questions.
Students examine constellations and planets through completing various activities. Students work individually and in groups to create drawings based on stars, compare and contrast the night sky with and without a telescope and learn vocabulary associated with space.
Have your class compare and contrast the characteristics of the planets. First, they label a diagram of the Earth. Then, they identify the characteristics of other planets. Finally, they compare the planets, and share which would be the best to colonize.
Any two things can be compared and contrasted. Here, pupils will compare and contrast how the Earth and Sun were perceived by Galileo and Copernicus to how we perceive them today. They take into account: motion, the moon, changes, technological advance, and neighboring planets. They will also use this understanding to create a brochure about planet Earth.
In this asteroids of the solar system activity, learners observe a diagram showing all the minor planets found in the orbit of Mars. Students answer 4 questions about the minor planets inside the orbit of other planets, they find the scale of the given diagram, and they determine the number of asteroids that crossed the Earth's orbit on a given data.
Fifth graders animate their own planets. In this solar system lesson, 5th graders use smartphones and the software, GoKnow Sketchy, to create images for presentations on their created planets that appear to be animated when played at a fast speed. Students identify characteristics of Earth and moon, investigate gravity, and design their own planet to compare to Earth and our solar system.
A superb interdisciplinary approach highlights this lesson which incorporates space science knowledge and narrative skills. After reading The Magic School Bus, two excellent poems, and watching a video, all about our solar system, young scholars write about their favorite planet and why they like it. Numerous writing activities are included. Extensions suggested include keeping an illustrated Solar System Journal.
Students construct a solar system from candies. They learn general information about the order of the planets and a few clues about their basic color and size characteristics.