The Solar System

Objective:
Children will gain knowledge of the planets, and other objects in our solar system.
Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of the solar system and planets from books, magazines old calendars or Internet.
  • Long piece of blue paper 4.5″ x 24″ (two pieces of construction paper cut in half lengthwise and taped together) accordion fold into eighths.
  • Copies of the planets planets template printed on white paper.
  • Colored pencils.
  • Suggested books:
    • Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney and Annette Cable

    • The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branley and Kevin O’Malley

    • Solar System by Gregory Vogt

    • Solar System by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger

Lesson:

Read book or books then discuss some of the following points while showing pictures: 

  • Our planet Earth is part of the Solar system.
  • Earth is the only planet where plants and animals can live.
  • The Solar System contains 8 planets that travel around (or orbit) the sun. .
  • ROCKY PLANETS (Mercury – Venus – Earth – Mars) —  The rocky planets are mostly made up of rock and metal. These planets are very heavy and move slowly. They also do not have rings.
  • GAS PLANETS (Jupiter – Saturn – Uranus – Neptune) — The gas planets are mostly made up of gases (hydrogen and helium). These planets are light for their sizes and move quickly. They have rings and lots of moons.
  • The inner solar system contains Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. These four planets are closest to the Sun.
  • The outer solar system contains Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
  • Pluto is no longer officially a planet. Now they’re calling it a “dwarf planet”, but planet or not, it’s still a part of our Solar System.  It is also made of rock.  
  •  Planets can have one or more moons orbiting them.
  • The Sun is one of billions of stars in our galaxy, called the Milky Way.
  • There are billions of galaxies in the Universe.

Activity Solar System Book

  1. Color the planets using the colored pencils. 
  2. Cut out the planets.
  3. Glue the planets to the blue paper in order.
  4. Read the book with the children.
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