Students will learn about space with these leveled activities and lessons for different skills and grade ranges.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
These science activities and real-world examples will teach students about the solar system, gravity, and the planets!
Blast off through time to study famous astronauts, the history of space exploration, and more with interactive learning games.
A great starting point for students writing about these celestial subjects, Scholastic offers all the resources, tips, and ideas they need.
The Magic School Bus in Space
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.
Dorothy Ann has a nifty new telescope, but she still enjoys looking at the stars with eye power alone. Your students report star counts and explore why we don't see stars during the day.
Immerse your students in books and poetry to teach about the solar system with some of these creative ideas.
Phoebe and her classmates find out that gravity pulls everything down. Your students test whether gravity makes heavier things fall faster than lighter ones.
If an asteroid that Ms. Frizzle's class followed crashed to Earth, it would create a huge crater. Your students can explore "craters" made by objects of different sizes and weights.
Astronaut Tim Kopra, of Austin, Texas, discusses the summer he spent on the International Space Station (ISS), part of the first-ever expanded crew of six people.
How one of the Luna Soviet space probes was the first to photograph the Earth's natural satellite
An astronomer answers students' questions on how space probes work, how they collect data, and more.
The first Hispanic woman to ever go into space, Dr. Ellen Ochoa is also an inventor, a mother, and a mentor, helping young girls pursue their dreams no matter what they are.
Experts discuss what it takes to become an astronaut, and what the experience is like.
The Solar System
Students learn the positions of the planets in the solar system, as well as relative distances and sizes through modeling.
A scientist answers students' questions about one of space's big mysteries.
It's not science fiction! Grolier’s The New Book of Knowledge details how stars cause this infamous phenomenom.
How long is a light-year? Which direction would a compass point in outer space? Astronomer Cathy Imhoff answers students' astronomy-related questions.
Recommends books, videos, and websites to help you teach the solar system.