My Solar Family
By Nancy Remkus
“Earth Song Education”
This is a fun, interactive and highly educational play about our solar system. It begins with students singing (acapella is fine) the age old classic “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” when the sun comes out and lets the students know the truth about this most important star in our solar system. The sun shares scientific information about its importance. Then each planet makes an appearance and recites a short rhyming description of their planet. Pluto makes an appearance to clarify its new distinction as a dwarf planet but is consoled by the fact that Pluto is still part of our solar family. The play ends with students singing tribute to the sun with the song “Mr. Sun is a Jolly Good Fellow”.
Simple costumes can be made by gluing a picture of each planet to a sentence strip or strip of construction paper to be worn as a crown. Pictures and names of the planets are provided to cut and paste onto sentence strips.
Characters include a group of any number of students, the sun, nine planets (eight plus Pluto) and a teacher.
It can be performed for in your classroom, for parents or for your school family.