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Solar System FREE Unit Study

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This week’s unit study in the 10 Weeks of Summer Reading series is all about our solar system! Learn about the sun, planets, stars, moon phases, space exploration and more!  Practice researching, following directions, and creative writing!  And make your own solar system model!

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The Book about Our Solar System

The Solar System unit study is based upon Where is Our Solar System?  This non-fiction book gives you a tour of the solar system including the sun, stars, planets, comets and more.  A variety of facts about each space object is shared.  An overview of space exploration and what lays beyond our solar system is also included.

Where Is Our Solar System?
  • Sabol, Stephanie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 01/02/2018 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

The Solar System FREE Printable Unit Study

The unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages to research the planets and other objects in our solar system.

Notebooking pages to research astronomers and scientists who have contributed to our knowledge of the solar system.

Solar System Following Directions to make a picture of our solar system while practicing important following direction skills.

Printable notebooking pages and following direction activity.

Comparing and contrasting activity to compare two planets to each other.

Moon phases: Match the pictures of the moon to their correct place in the moon cycle.  Make it more difficult by having your students match the labels as well!

Creative Writing Prompt: Pretend you lived thousands of years ago and create a myth about something you see in the sky.

Moon phase, compare and contrast and writing prompt printables.

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How Do the Earth and Moon Move?

Learn about the earth’s rotation, revolution and orbit by watching the video below.  Then discuss how this relates to other planets.

Learn about how the moon orbits around the earth and why it looks different from one night to the next by watching the video below.

Space Exploration

In 1961, President Kennedy gave a speech about the progress of humans in history and declared the next step was to land man on the moon.  Here is an excerpt of that speech:

There were many space missions that led to man actually landing on the moon in 1969.  So when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, it was a much anticipated, historic moment.  Here is footage of that landing:

Since then, there have been a variety of missions to explore space. In 1998, the International Space Station was started and since 2000, there have been astronauts living there from around the world studying space. You can take a 30-minute tour of the space station here and see what it is like to live in space:

More recently, people have been exploring Mars.  This hour-long video gives a great overview of that project and what has been found on Mars:

 

Hands on Projects

It is great to study the solar system by making things!

Check out this link for creating the moon phases with cookies or you could make them with play dough.

Making a model of the solar system is really fun, too.  You can buy a kit (see below) or follow these instructions to make your own with Styrofoam craft balls.  We chose the craft balls for more flexibility!  We chose to read a separate, short book about each planet and then paint that planet.

Painted styrofoam planets hanging from a ceiling.

Here is an inexpensive kit that makes it easy to create your own model:

Pllieay Solar System Model Foam Ball Kit Includes 14PCS Mixed Sized Polystyrene Spheres Balls, 12PCS Bamboo Sticks, 12 Color Pigments, 2PCS Painting Brushes for School Science Projects
  • Valuable Kit: Package comes with 14pcs foam balls, 12pcs bamboo sticks, 12 color pigments, 2pcs painting brushes and 1pc planetary distribution map of the Solar System, a full range solar system kit kit for solar system model, no need to buy anything else to finish the modelling
  • Foam Ball Diameter(approx.): Includes 4.7inch/12cm x 1pc, 3.1inch/8cm x 1pc, 3.1inch/8cm half ball x 2pcs, 2.4inch/6cm x 1pcs, 1.57inch/4cm x 4pc, 1.18inch/3cm x 6pcs, total 14pcs foam balls, 5 size mixed size foam ball, enough quality and perfect size for modelling
  • Good Quality Foam Ball : Foam balls are made in high denstiy polystyrene which is very light weight with smooth surface, easy to painting on; with natural bamboo stick and acrylic color pigment
  • Skill Enhancement: Drawing or painting on blank foam balls encourages endless possibilities for the imagination and helps your kids to develop stronger hand and eye coordination
  • Wide Application: Ideal for handmade carft, DIY decoration, school project, science projects , perfect for solar systme modelling supplies


Sit outside at night and study the stars and planets in the sky with the app,  Night Sky!  There is plenty you can see with the naked eye, or you can get really serious about study the sky with this highly rated, beginner telescope:

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Planet Sorting Mats

Have your children match a variety of facts to each of the eight planets to organize all they have learned with our planet sorting mats.

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Do you have other activities for studying our solar system?  Share them below!

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