Planet Line-Ups

This Planet Line-Ups lesson plan also includes:

Should Pluto be considered a planet or a dwarf planet? Scholars research planets in our solar system to understand their similarities and differences. It also includes memory activities related to the order of the planets. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Include all of the dwarf planets, rather than just Pluto
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes you have more than 18 learners in your class but can be adjusted for fewer
  • Extension idea of investigating satellites could be completed individually or in pairs
  • The second in a series of five lessons about the solar system
Pros

  • Challenging pupils to come up with their own memory tricks and share them with the class is better than just telling them a strategy
  • Discussion questions and writing prompts allow pupils to apply what they have learned
Cons

  • None