Solar System Activities | Project Based Learning Solar System Unit

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Using this interactive Project Based Learning Solar System Unit, you will guide your students into learning about the phases of the moon, role of the moon, the moon's orbit, role of the sun, the size of the sun compared to other objects in the solar system, the sun's shadows and the effects of sunrise and sunset. It is complete with a final project for students to use the information they have learned about. This unit has everything you need to teach about the solar system. It is a complete unit to last at least 5 weeks of Science. It even includes art projects!


It includes Step by Step lesson plans that are very detailed in guiding the teacher. It has close reading articles about the moon and the sun, they are differentiated to two levels, Colored (Black and White too) Mini Books about the sun and the moon (Differentiated), comprehension questions abut the close reading articles, technology extensions, a lesson using shadows, interactive solar system orbiting lesson, observations about sunrise and sunset, Moon Journals, Sunrise and Sunset journal, the seasonal patterns of sunrise and sunset, Oreo Moon Phases project, art project about the sun, writing book project in which they write about seasons.

Why is this Unit a PBL?

Students get a chance to mix Science, ELA and math. There are plenty of "Need to Know" ideas that drive the students to want to learn more. They have a lot of choice in the unit from picking their group job, what to put in their project books, which type of project book to make and how to present it to others. Students will be working with Significant Content including NGSS Standards, Common Core ELA and Math Standards. Students will be using 21st century skills such as working in a group, collaborating, doing research together and problem solving. Students will be taking a deep dive into in depth inquiry where they will research with a group, ask other groups for advice and discuss problems that come up with their project. Students will answer a driving question throughout the unit and with their final project which is taking on the role of a scientist to create a book that answers the questions of how our solar system affects our seasons. Students have a few opportunities to have revision and reflection where classmates evaluate their presentation and give critique to help improve. They end the project with a presentation in front of an audience of their peers, adults or younger students.

This unit follows 1st grade NGSS Science Standards as well as 1st and 2nd Grade Math and ELA Standards





Unit Includes

  • Step by Step Lesson Plans for 21 days
  • Mini Books About the Moon & Sun (Differentiated)
  • Close Reading Articles About the Moon and the Sun
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Technology Ideas
  • Phases of the Moon Lessons
  • Moon’s Orbit Lessons
  • Moon Phases Activity using Cookies
  • Moon Journal
  • Sunrise/Sunset Lessons & Journal
  • Interactive Notebook Pages
  • Extension Activities
  • How Big is the Sun Interactive Lesson
  • Interactive Lessons
  • Moon Phases Poster
  • Moon/Sun/Earth Cards
  • Shadow Lesson
  • Sun Catcher Craft
  • Role of the Sun Lessons
  • Assessments- Differentiated
  • End of Unit PBL Project- Seasons Book
  • Presentation Activities
  • Culminating Event Ideas
  • Rubric

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


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