Tour the Solar System

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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 provide a well-rounded look at outer space.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Begin class by having students draw their own solar system models, then discuss how the scale and proportion differs between models
  • Assess the lesson based on participation in the large group discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Allow plenty of time for pupils to explore the video associated with each planet
  • Easy to break the activity into smaller pieces and incorporate into closer studies of the planets
  • Discussion questions are thought-provoking and give scholars the opportunity to think more deeply about space exploration and research
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Common Core