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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 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.
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.
Blast off on an otherworldly adventure! Young explorers create travel brochures featuring a planet from our solar system. After filling out a KWL chart, watching United Streaming clips, and using Kidspiration to make a concept web, learners create a PowerPoint that compares and contrasts the planets. These presentations, combined with their travel brochures, should convince even the most timid tourist to journey to a new planet.
Start a unit on the solar system with a visit to the NASA website, and then navigate the stars with an exciting webquest. After all that exploration, learners will be ready to jump into a team-centered research project in which they prepare an oral presentation on one of the nine planets. This lesson could span several days and ends with an independent assignment in which each learner creates a model of our solar system. There are links to web resources and extensions included.
The solar system is describe using alliterations in this activity. Learners will review the definition of this type of figurative language and then write 4 examples of alliteration about the solar system illustrating 1 of them. They will then creat an acrostic poem using the words "Solor System."
Middle and high schoolers solve problems involving mixed units of the same attribute, including time, money, length, and area. They convert large numbers into scientific notation, compute and compare ratios to explain why drawing completely accurate scale drawings of the solar system is not feasible.
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.
Explore classical mythology and the influence they have in the solar system. Seventh and eight graders visit the given links to explore words from mythology and how classical mythology shows up in everyday language. They discover literary allusion and references to mythology, and discuss the role of mythology in planetary science. Then they can draw a new planet and present it to the class.