Formation of the Solar System: Lesson for Kids


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About how long ago did our solar system form?

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1. Which of the following planets is made up of mostly metal and rock?

2. What do some scientists think caused the explosion that began the formation of our solar system?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and the worksheet that goes with it will test your understanding of the origin of the solar system. Answer questions about its age and how it may have formed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer these questions to make sure you know:

  • The age of the solar system
  • Planets made of metal and rock
  • Examples of gravitational pull

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the planets of the solar system to identify what the planets Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Saturn are made of
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about gravitational pull
  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer questions about when our solar system was formed and what scientists think caused it

Additional Learning

To find out more about the sun and other details about our solar system, read the lesson titled Formation of the Solar System: Lesson for Kids. This lesson explains:

  • The planets in the solar system
  • Stellar wind
  • What happened to ice and gas that flew off the planets