As an alternative to research, give students these booklets and scavenger hunt so they can find out information about objects in the Solar System. The booklet has 15 pages with information on:
Earth and the Moon
Asteroid Belt (Meteors and Asteroids)
Pluto, Haumea, MakeMake & Eris
Milky Way and Beyond
Man- Made Objects in Space
After reading the information, students answer 35 questions on a scavenger hunt.
They then apply this information to categorize the planets in order of mass, revolution period, rotation period, diameter, gravity, and number of moons. This product really forces some thought and critical thinking!
Booklet is arranged so that it can be printed double sided to save paper, but you can also print them single sided. Students cut the book in half, then arrange the pages in numbered order to create a booklet.