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Voyage Solar System

#### Round and Round We Go — Exploring Orbits in the Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Math and science come together in this cross-curricular astronomy lesson plan on planetary motion. Starting off with a hands-on activity that engages the class in exploring the geometry of circles and ellipses, this lesson plan then...
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Space Awareness

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Does your class know their planets? Implement an activity that has them describing the solar system, identifying properties of the planets, and placing them in order from their distance from the sun.
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#### The Solar System

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
In this science worksheet, pupils learn the names of the 9 planets in our solar system (Pluto is still included here) and locate them in a word search. Students answer 9 questions about the planets--their positions and attributes.
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#### The Solar System

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders name the planets of the solar system in order from the Sun to Pluto and recognize the planets by pictures shown in class.
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#### Flying Through the Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students create a model of the solar system out of candy. They write a book about their travels through the Solar System, beginning at age ten and reaching Pluto at age seventy.
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#### Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this outer space worksheet, young scholars cut at illustrations of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Pluto, and the moon. Students paste them together in their correct arrangement.
Organizer
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#### Place Value Through Billions

For Students 5th
Place value reading skills are the focus of this lesson. Students are given an example of Pluto's orbit distance from the sun to introduce the concept of the billions place value. Students are then given four numbers in the billions, and...
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#### Planet Magic Number

For Students 4th - 8th
This is a terrific worksheet!  Wow! Lots of great learning going on here. Not only do your pupils have to do a bunch of research in order to fill in the planetary table, they have to do some math as well, which will tell them if their...
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#### The Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Which planet is closest to the sun? And what comes next after that one? Have your learners note down each planet on each orbit sketched out on this page. They can draw the planet, write its name, and include a few tidbits of information...
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#### Planetary Distances on the Playground

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Earth is 149,600,000 km, or 92,957,130.4 miles, from the sun. Young astronauts create an interactive model to learn the distances between planets. Nine groups, each representing a different planet, are spread around at class-calculated...
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#### Our Home in the Milky Way

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students gain appreciation of the vastness of our galaxy by viewing an applet about the Milky Way. Students hypothesize about how long it would take to get from Earth to Pluto.
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#### Our Solar System-- Fact File

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this space science worksheet, students read facts about the solar system. Students look at the diagram showing the position of the planets. Pluto is included as a planet here.
Writing
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#### Printable Story Starter: The Newest Reindeer

For Students 3rd - 4th
Students can finish the story of Pluto, the newest Reindeer, and his adventures at Rudolf's Reindeer Academy in this writing prompt. The prompt provides students with an introduction to the story and allows them to continue with details...
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#### Planets Word Search

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this planets word search worksheet, students analyze the names of 9 planets and find them in a word search puzzle. Note: Pluto is included.
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#### Planet Cards

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
In this science card worksheet, students cut out the different cards and study the planets Earth, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus. Students' objective is to learn each planets' orbit, rotation, distance...
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For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Review all of the planets in our solar system with this informative PowerPoint. Each planet is listed on its own slide, accompanied by facts and an image. There are three multiple choice question listed at the end of the presentation.
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#### Solar System

For Students 4th - 8th
Explore the solar system in detail, from it's origins to its components.  Visual data gathered by actual space missions has been used to create the images and animations on each page of this stellar electronic book about the solar...
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#### Flyby with Juno

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Use literature for interdisciplinary instruction with NASA's mission to Jupiter.
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Education World

#### Every Day Edit - Neptune's Discovery

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this everyday editing instructional activity, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about the discovery of Neptune. The errors range from grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation.
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#### Pocket Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Motivate your class with this lesson. Learners explore the solar system and practice working with fractions using this resource. They construct scale models of our solar system, and use fractions to correctly configure the solar system...
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#### Exploring the Solar System: All About Spacecraft/Spaceflight

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Rarely do you find resources that reach high school astronomy learners. Here is something at their level! The physics of flyby missions is explained via several examples. Landing, penetrating, and roving spacecraft are examined. Diagrams...
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#### Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Fourth and fifth graders will love showing what they know about the planets and our solar system. This game is fashioned after "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and has the class work through fifteen different solar system related...
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#### The Solar System Walk

For Teachers 11th - 12th
A unique lesson on the solar system, and some of the mathematics associated with it, is here for your high schoolers. Pupils are put into groups of four, and each group is assigned one of the planets from our solar system. They must...
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#### Describing the Planets

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Kids love learning about space! For this short plan, your young Spanish speakers read Los Planetas and talk about the nine planets. By the end, they should be able to name and identify each of the planets and add some descriptive words....