Lesson plans, interactive activities, and other resources to help students learn about and explore our solar system
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Students learn the positions of the planets in the solar system, as well as relative distances and sizes through modeling.
Immerse your students in books and poetry to teach about the solar system with some of these creative ideas.
Lesson planning suggestions, cross curricular extensions, assessments, and more for teachers using the "NASA: Challenging the Space Frontier" activity, including assessment and rubrics, lesson planning suggestions, cross-curricular extensions,
In this activity, students learn the planets by making two models of the solar system. The first shows the order of the planets, and the second show the planets' relative sizes.
Before you read author Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System, review this vocabulary list.
Introduce a discussion of gravity on the school playground.
Discover More: Planets will blast students into outer space to explore planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and far-away galaxies. Use this informational book to introduce the solar system and space exploration, integrate knowledge with a compare and contrast matrix, and reinforce key space vocabulary. Activities engage students in writing a space captain’s log, recording the phases of the moon, and imagining an encounter with an extraterrestrial.
These science activities and real-world examples will teach students about the solar system, gravity, and the planets!
A great starting point for students writing about these celestial subjects, Scholastic offers all the resources, tips, and ideas they need.
Solar System Activities and Crafts
I dedicate this post to the various ways you can teach moon phases in the classroom. This includes my FAVORITE activity, building a moon phase transporter, as well as some great music resources and videos (four videos, to be exact).
Simple lessons and activities that will teach students about the solar system as well as teaching the scientific process.
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Information about our solar system and interviews with experts
This is about space imulation programs for kids around the country.
Offers information about the Moon's internal structure, surface features, and phenomena, as well as its formation and evolution.
How far is the moon from the Earth? Why does the moon change its shape (as in full, half, and quarter moon)? Astronomer Cathy Imhoff answers students' questions about the moon.
The International Space Station is building inflatable housing for astronauts.
For more than 300 years there has been serious scientific discussion of the processes and events that led to the formation of the solar system. For most of this
Features an article on the history of astronomy including the motion of planets and moons, characteristics of celestial bodies, and astronomy's Ancient Greek and Babylonian origins.
Discusses the history of the solar system as well as all of its components including the sun, the inner and outer planets, the satellites, asteroids, meteoroids, comets, and more.
The exploration of other bodies in the solar system began within a few years of the first satellites. Both U.S. and Soviet space engineers set their sights on t
What is the atmosphere like on Mars? Could a human breathe there? Astronomer Cathy Imhoff answers students'questions about Mars.
Why does Mercury have such extreme temperature differences and Earth does not? Astronomer Cathy Imhoff answers students'questions about the planet Mercury
Learn about Neptune, the gas giant planet that is the eighth planet in our solar system.
How did Saturn get its rings? Astronomer Cathy Imhoff answers students'questions about planet Saturn.
How fast is the earth spinning and why can't we feel it spin? Astronomer Cathy Imhoff answers students'questions about the earth.
How much does the sun weigh? How do you measure how hot the sun is if you can't get that close to measure? An astronomer answers students'questions.
Why is Uranus so cold and why is it blue? An astronomer answers students'questions about the seventh planet from the sun.
The major planets in the solar system are greatly outnumbered by the swarms of smaller bodies called minor planets, or asteroids, and by the even more numerous
Comets are sometimes spectacular objects from the outer regions of the solar system, as far away as a substantial fraction of the distance to the nearest star.
The sun is also encircled by rings, or disks, of interplanetary dust. One such ring, lying in the zone between the orbital paths of Jupiter and Mars, has long b
Finally, the movement of the solar system as a whole through space is defined in terms of the celestial sphere, the imaginary sphere of the heavens that has Ear
Naked-eye as well as more detailed telescopic and satellite observations disclose that the lunar surface consists mainly of two different types of terrain. The
Because the sole source of the Moon's heat is derived from its illumination by the Sun, its mean temperature would be about that of the Earth except for the