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62 resources with the concept outer planets

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Map a Model Solar System

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Creating a solar system map is a snap thanks to a hands-on activity! Science scholars explore the solar system by building it wherever they choose during an interactive from PBS's Space series. Users pick both the location and scale for...
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Toilet Paper Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Can we model how large the solar system really is? Attempt an astronomical feat with a hands-on-activity that uses a roll of toilet paper. Young scientists measure the distances of the planets from the sun to create a scale model of the...
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Were the Planets Always in the Same Order?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Our solar system is just like the other solar systems, right? It seems that isn't quite true, but the differences give scientists information about the movement of the planets. An episode of the SciShow Space series describes the physics...
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Pluto: Still Not A Planet

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Jupiter's magnetic field is 20,000 times that of Earth's. An awareness of the strenght of Jupiter's magnetic field is just one of the challenges engineers face when designing spacecraft to visit Jupiter and its moons. Learn more about...
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New Evidence for Planet 9!

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Could there be a planet in our solar system we have yet to uncover? Researchers believe several discoveries in the outer solar system suggest just that! Part of the SciShow playlist, a video presentation discusses these discoveries and...
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Death Dive to Saturn — Saturn’s Dynamic Rings

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Explore the rings of Saturn! Space scholars discover the immense Saturn system through an interactive lesson. The activity, part of PBS's Space series for grades six through eight, features images captured by the Cassini spacecraft of...
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What Is the Solar System?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
How do scientists classify whether an object lies within our solar system or not? Examine the boundaries of the space neighborhood using a lesson from PBS's Space series for middle schoolers. After viewing a model of the solar system,...
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The Sun and Planets

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Do other planets experience night, day, and the seasons like humans do here on Earth? Examine planetary motion using real images of the planets through a simulation from PBS's Space lesson series. After observing the motion of each...
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Tour the Solar System

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Here's a tour that sure not to bore! Young astronomers investigate the planets of our solar system using an interactive lesson from PBS's Space series. The resource contains informational videos, a reading passage, and extensions to...
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The Planets of the Solar System

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Launch a lesson that's sure to capture middle schoolers' interest! Exploration enthusiasts examine the planets of our solar system using an activity from PBS's Space series. The resource includes images and information for each planet,...
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To Scale: The Solar System

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
To scale, or not to scale ... that is the question! Show scholars the solar system in correct proportion with a lesson from PBS's Space series for middle school. Two versions of the model-building exercise illustrate the planning process...
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Mimas: The Real-Life Death Star

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Saturn's moon Mimas has a unique composition worth studying. Mimas has a crater that was created 4.1 billion years ago that altered its composition from core to surface. Scholars learn these unique characteristics as they view an...
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Take a Trip to Titan!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Not all moons are created the same! An episode of a solar system video series explains the features of one of Saturn's moon. The lesson instructor highlights the characteristics of the moon that makes it unique.
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Triton: The Celestial 'Cantaloupe'

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Where can we find sources of water in our solar system? It seems Neptune's moon may be an option. A video lesson explores the characteristics of Neptune's largest moon Triton. There are many unique features that may surprise your classes...
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Exploring Uranus and Neptune

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Could humans survive on Uranus or Neptune? As an installment of a larger solar system series, the video lesson continues in its description of planets in our solar system. A thorough analysis of the two planets describes the physical...
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The Discovery of Uranus

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Take a trip back in time to the Age of Enlightenment. A video lesson describes the sequence of events leading to the discovery of the planet Uranus. Previously, Uranus was considered a faint star, then a comet, and finally correctly...
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The Solar System—Our Home in Space

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The first man-made object to enter space happened in 1942; just 71 years later, we sent the first object outside the entire solar system. The video introduces the solar system, starting with the sun. It covers each planet, the more...
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Explore the Solar System: 360 Degree Interactive Tour

For Students 6th - 12th
Go on a galactic tour like no other! The perfect idea to wrap up a solar-system unit, an interactive video leads the class from the sun to the Kuiper Belt. Pan around the screen as the narrator describes each of the main features in our...
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The Oort Cloud

For Students 6th - 12th
What lies beyond our solar system? Share an interesting video describing the Oort Cloud with astronomy scholars to find out! The narrator explains that this far-flung region, along with the scattered disk and Kuiper belt, is the...
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Uranus and Neptune

For Students 6th - 12th
Either way you pronounce it, Uranus is one cool planet! An ice giant, to be exact, just like its neighbor, Neptune. Travel to the far reaches of our solar system in a video filled with amazing images and interesting facts. The...
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Saturn

For Students 6th - 12th
Showing your class a captivating video about Saturn has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? More than 60 rings, in fact! The narrator takes your young astronomers on a tour of our solar system's second-largest planet. Topics covered include...
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Solar System Super Page

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Save time planning your next unit on the solar system with these resources brought to you by our team of credentialed teachers.
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Let's Go To Space! - SciShow Kids

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Take a journey to outer space with a collection of 18 captivating videos by SciShow Kids. Videos cover a variety of topics related to space and astronomy, and showcase key terms and real-world images.  The host, Jessi, and her cartoon...
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Explore the Solar System: The Gas Giants

For Students Pre-K - 6th Standards
Take a trip to space's gas giants, also known as the outer planets—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune—with an interesting video equipped with a spirited host, a cartoon sidekick, and bright, colorful graphics.
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Let's Make the Solar System

For Students Pre-K - 5th Standards
Get crafty with the help of pictures and a real-time demonstration from a video that details the step-by-step process in creating a paper solar system. 
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Looking Inside Planets

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
All of the gas giant's atmospheres consist of hydrogen and helium, the same gases that make up all stars. The third in a series of 22, the activity challenges pupils to make scale models of the interiors of planets in order to...
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The Outer Planets Lessons and Activities Grades 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Explore the solar system, investigate space technology, and examine the planets—and their relative size and distance compared to the inner planets—with a collection of space science lessons.
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Where Are We Going?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Come take a ride on the space bus! Scholars go on an imaginary trip to pick up their peers from the inner and outer planets while reinforcing math skills. First, learners round decimals to identify each planets' distance from Earth....
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A Classroom Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Create a scaled model of our solar system in your classroom! Scholars work collaboratively to build paper mache planets and hang them in their proper position to showcase each planet's location in the solar system.   
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Planetary Distances on the Playground

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
There's no need to stay inside; get out of the classroom and create a scaled map of the solar system on your playground field! In collaborative groups, scholars identify the distance between the sun and other planets, place planet...
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Looking to the Future

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
New Horizons set forth on a mission to Pluto in 2006. Ten years later, the spacecraft is still on its way. Here, enthusiastic scholars predict what they will be like—likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc.—when New Horizons arrives at its...
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Growing Up With A Mission

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
New Horizons began its journey to Pluto in 2006. Ten years later, it continues its mission. In that time, scholars have surely grown, but how much more will they grow by the time New Horizons reaches its destination? Find out with an...
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Charting the Progress of New Horizons

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
In 2006, New Horizons began its mission to fly to Pluto. As it continues its journey, scholars track its progress with the help of an informative website, all the while reinforcing measurement concepts with the construction of a scaled...
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Space Travel Guide

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Looking to take a trip? Why not go to space? Here, scholars take on the role as travel agent to create a guide to their favorite planet including travel tips and sightseeing recommendations. 
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The Planets and Scale

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars gain an insight into the relative size of planets and distance between inner and outer planets with the help of informational text, a data table, and a series of four questions.  
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Space Science: The Sun and Its Influence on Earth

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
These videos by Crash Course Kids are an excellent way to get your class pumped up about the solar system. From rotations and revolutions to the gas giants and rocky planets, everything (and more) about the solar system is covered in...
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Around the Sun We Go

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
You may not be able to feel it, but you're on the ride of your life! Add presentations and activities to your lesson about the solar system and the Earth's rotation around the sun.
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How Do You Organize a Space Party? You Planet! (Reading Comprehension)

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are the eight planets in our solar system. Use this collection of reading comprehension worksheets to check young astronomers' understanding of reading informational text....
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Gas Giants Weather

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune make up the outer planets. How extreme is the weather on these planets? This is the focus of a video that explains how the gas giants have "crazy storms," strong winds, methane rain, and very cold...
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Neptune

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Did you know that Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea? Young astronomers read about this and other facts about the eighth planet from the sun in a short informational text passage.
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Uranus

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
After reading an informational text passage, learners answer four multiple choice questions about the third largest planet in our solar system.
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Jupiter

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Young astronomers read an informational text on the gas giant, Jupiter. Then they answer four multiple choice questions based on what they read.
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A Planet in the Solar System

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
Take young scientists on an exploration of the cosmos with this cross-curricular writing exercise. Tasked with producing an expository composition describing a planet of their choosing, students perform research and present their...
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Pocket Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
How in the world can something as big as the solar system possibly fit in your pocket? Complete this simple modeling activity and find out, as young scientists gain an appreciation for the incredible scale of outer space.
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Solar System Launch

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Trying to understand the vastness of outer space can be quite a challenge for young scientists. Help put things in perspective with this cross-curricular activity as students work in pairs creating scaled models of the solar system,...
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Characteristics of the Outer Planets

For Students 4th - 7th
A brief reading comprehension exercise, this instructional activity covers the characteristics of the outer planets. It still considers Pluto a planet and Charon its moon. It is therefore a little out of date, but this fact can be...
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Why Are the Inner and Outer Planets Different?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How did the planets form? An interesting video from the SciShow Space series identifies the differences between the inner and outer planets and how the history of the solar system's sun put everything in its place. Viewers also learn...
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Explore Saturn and Titan with Spectral Data

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Titan is Saturn's largest moon and has its own atmosphere. An attention-grabbing tutorial allows learners to analyze the spectrum of Saturn and Titan to determine their elemental compositions. Scholars compare a known element's spectrum...
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Our Solar System

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
The presentation starts with the scientists who made discoveries about our solar system: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Brahe, Kepler, and Newton. It also covers the planets, inner, outer, and Pluto, satellites, and an in-depth discussion...
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The Outer Planets

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Are outer planets just like inner planets? Nope! The outer planets are much more spread apart than the inner planets. An informative PowerPoint presentation shows why this is true as well as facts about the individual planets in the...
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Solar System Formation and Extra-Solar Planets

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Has the solar system always been like it is today? A lesson presentation begins with a discussion of the formation of our solar system. It continues with a compare and contrast of the inner and outer planets. 
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Our Solar System: An Introductory Tour

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Take science lovers on an out-of-this-world tour of the solar system. A PowerPoint presentation gives a pictorial view of the planets of the solar system. Images highlight the unique features of each planet, and the final slides include...
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Study Jams! Our Solar System: Outer Planets

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
A set of seven slides presents an artist's rendition of our solar system, specifically, the asteroid belt, Kuiper Belt, and our outer planets: Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune. The slides are beautiful, and a printable set with text is...
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Inner and Outer Planets

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Learners explore the solar system. In this planets activity, students learn about the other planets in the solar system. They watch a video clip from National Geographic on the solar system, compare and contrast the planets and create a...
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Exploring the Planets

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners study robotic spacecrafts that have provided detailed information about the inner and outer planets. In this exploring the planets lesson plan, students use posters and diagrams to study the various robotic spacecraft sent to...
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The Solar System

For Students 6th - 12th
In this solar system worksheet, students determine the correct unit of measurement to use when measuring a list of items. Students list the five outer planets and four inner planets. This worksheet has 20 fill in the blank questions.
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What Are the Planets Like?

For Students 5th - 8th
In this planets worksheet, students complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the inner planets with the outer planets.
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The Solar Wind Tunnel

For Students 9th - 12th
The winds of change are blowing in our very own solar system!  But what makes some heavenly bodies more affected by solar winds than others?  Pupils discover the concept of magnetic forces at work in space in this attractive interactive,...
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Small Body Classification

For Students 7th - 8th
Is an asteroid the same thing as a meteor? What about a comet? Learn the differences between small celestial bodies with a instructional activity that lists several characteristics and space for kids to note which belongs to a comet,...
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Solar System

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders complete activities to study the vastness of space. In this Solar System lesson, 6th graders watch a video about outer space and complete a space labeling activity. Students work in groups to make models of the inner and...
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Introduction to the Outer Planets, Jupiter

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discuss similarities and differences of the inner and outer planets. In this outer planets lesson plan, students participate in activities to learn about the outer planets and write a letter, a news article or a song.
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What's "Out" There?

For Teachers 1st
First graders investigate the five outer planets. In this space science lesson, 1st graders read the book Our Solar System and identify the five outer planets. Students create a booklet and write about outer planets.