Explore the Milky Way with our visually engaging The Solar System Lesson Plan. This interactive lesson equips students to name the planets and other objects of the solar system, identify facts of the planets, compare and contrast the planets, and effectively research one of the eight planets.
Sample Classroom Procedure:
- Distribute the “Address Card” to each of the students. Have them complete it to the best of their ability, with the most important fact for the lesson: They live on Earth in the solar system.
- Have some of the students share their Address Card. Ask students if they know the names of the other planets in the solar system, or if they can name other objects of the solar system. These could include moons, asteroids, planet rings, satellites, debris, space station, etc.
- Allow for responses and discussion.
- Either outdoors or in the gym, have students represent the relative distances each planet is from the Sun: (Assign 2 or 3 students “to be a planet” giving them a Plane t Label) Prior to beginning, explain to students that this represents distance only, not the size. Be sure students understand scale models. (You may also use the steps in the chart to locate each position starting from the Sun.).
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.9, CCSS.ELA-iteracy.RST.6-8.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.5
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 3 class sessions
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