Fun and engaging solar system lesson! Foldables for every planet of our solar system and the dwarf plant Pluto are included!
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Students have the opportunity to color each planet, research three facts about each planet, the temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius on each planet, the atmosphere on each planet, and what the surface of the planet is like.
Full teacher key includes tips on how I’ve employed this lesson in my classroom, instructions on how to assemble and mount the foldable (with pictures), I also included many links to websites that provide the information students need to complete the foldables. I use these foldables as a key component of my solar system unit and as a further discussion of the importance of gravity, oxygen, and what a planet needs to support life.
This lesson allows you to cover the Next Generation Science Standards covering our solar system in an engaging way.
I use this lab with my middle school students to cover several key solar system concepts such as: Conditions on planets that either allow or prevent life such as temperature, atmosphere, and the surface conditions of each planet in our solar system. students also get practice with research by discovering and adding three facts about each planet to their foldable.
Addresses many common core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The foldables in the lesson are sized for interactive notebooks or science journals. Bundle includes: a detailed description for teachers of how I’ve used these activities in my class, nine student foldables, full teacher key for each planet foldable, student example of interactive notebook entry, and links to web based resources perfect for guiding students with research. All fonts used to create the lesson are included and are 100% free so you can use them to create your own products, even lessons you plan to sell on TPT!
Lesson was created for elementary and middle school students and reinforces many English language arts common core standards (such as: “Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context”). RST6-8.3, RST6-8.4
Approximately two to three class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). I generally allow my students to use computers, iPads, or smart phones to do the research and I complete all the foldable in three days. Created by Mister Science
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Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.
This standard is covered when students research the planets of our solar system and learn basic facts about each planet.
For my fellow Texans:
This lab covers the following TEKS:
(11) Earth and space. The student understands the organization of our solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it. The student is expected to:
(A) Describe the physical properties of the planets
This TEK is met when students research the planets in our solar system and discuss numerous physical properties of each planet
(9) Earth and space. The student knows components of our solar system. The student is expected to:
(A) analyze the characteristics of objects in our solar system that allow life to exist such as the proximity of the Sun, presence of water, and composition of the atmosphere.
This TEK is met when students research the atmosphere of each planet, it’s temperature, and facts about each planet
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