Take a trip through space with our Solar System Activity Kit. Kids learn about each planet in the Solar System by building their own Solar System panel. They'll be amazed by interesting facts about each planet, including the difference in gravity between the planets.
Ages 7 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Compare and contrast numerous features of different planets.
- Gain an understanding of our place in the solar system.
- Build a replica solar system as a take-home project.
- An 18" printed solar system panel and special foamy modeling material to make the solar system model.
- Tacky glue.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide with loads of fun facts about the solar system along with games and other space-related activities.
- The only materials you provide are watercolors.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.4 and NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science.
Content Standard D: Objects in the Sky (K-4)
The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.
Content Standard D: Changes in the Earth and Sky (K-4)
Objects in the sky have patterns of movement. The sun, for example, appears to move across the sky in the same way every day, but its path changes slowly over the seasons. The moon moves across the sky on a daily basis much like the sun. The observable shape of the moon changes form day to day in a cycle that lasts about a month.
Content Standard D: Earth in the Solar System (5-8)
The earth is the third planet from the sun in a system that includes the moon, the sun, eight other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets. The sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system.
Gravity is the force that keeps planets in orbit around the sun and governs the rest of the motion in the solar system. Gravity alone holds us to the earth’s surface and explains the phenomena of the tides.
Specific (California standards):
(3.4d) Students know that Earth is one of several planets that orbit the Sun and that the Moon orbits the Earth.
(5.5a) Students know the Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system and is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.
(5.5b) Students know the solar system includes the planet Earth, the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and their satellites, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets.
(5.5c) Students know the path of a planet around the Sun is due to the gravitational attraction between the Sun and the planet.