Explore the Solar System: The Rocky Planets

Take a trip to the rocky planets—Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars—with an engaging video that details their unique attributes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • While watching the video, direct learners to take notes, jot down questions, then discuss what they observed
  • Pose a reflection question on a classroom blog
  • Flip your classroom; assign the link for homework so pupils can apply their new-found knowledge when they return to school
Classroom Considerations

  • An ad appears at the start of the video
  • The resource is the 16th video in a series of 18 designed to spark interest in space and astronomy

  • Provides easy to read diagrams equipped with pictures and labels
  • A cartoon sidekick and colorful graphics boost attention 

  • A fast talking host may cause class members to lose focus—pause, replay, and enable closed captioning