Planets Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Students love to learn about the planets! This lesson plan fills in background knowledge on planets, then offers an engaging video to dig into how planets orbit and their visibility. Ask high-level questions to check for understanding, then check in with an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and identify each of the planets in our solar system
  • explain the orbital paths of the planets in our solar system
  • describe why we can see some planets with a naked eye
  • demonstrate understanding of the solar system and orbital paths


  • 1 to 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Protoplanetary disk
  • Planetesimal
  • Rocky terrestrial
  • Gas giants
  • Frost line
  • Reflection
  • Ecliptic
  • Evening star
  • Morning star

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10

By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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