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Ch 2: Planets & Solar System Lesson Plans

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Use the lesson plans and resources in this chapter about the solar system and the planets to refresh your curriculum and grab the attention of your students. The teacher resources provided here are accessible on your mobile device or computer 24 hours a day.

Planets & Solar System Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This informative chapter provides you with resources and lesson plans you can use to teach your students about the planets and the solar system. Topics covered in these lesson plans include the solar system, the planets, Mercury, Mars, the Moon and more. In addition, you'll also find activities, facts and games you can use to engage your students. All of our learning materials are written by professional instructors who understand how to interest and reach students.

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  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific solar system and planets topics you want to cover in class.
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  • Share the related science lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important planets and the solar system concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant science-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

43 Lessons in Chapter 2: Planets & Solar System Lesson Plans
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Solar System Overview

1. Solar System Overview

This lesson will go over the major aspects of our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.

Solar System Activities & Games for Kids

2. Solar System Activities & Games for Kids

Space is an exciting concept for students. Keep up their enthusiasm for the solar system with these fun and engaging games. Through active and passive games, students will love learning while they play.

Planets Lesson Plan for Elementary School

3. Planets Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Implementing this lesson plan will help students understand the planets in our solar system, summarize their learning, and define domain-specific words as they learn about the planets.

Planets Lesson Plan

4. Planets Lesson Plan

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.

What are Planets? - Facts & Definition

5. What are Planets? - Facts & Definition

In this lesson, you'll learn the official definition of a planet, how planets are formed, and about the two types of planets found in our solar system: terrestrial planets and gas giants.

Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

6. Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

This lesson will tell you which planets in our solar system you can see with the naked eye and which ones you cannot. You'll also learn how they appear to move in our sky and why we can see them in the first place.

Planets Activities & Games for Kids

7. Planets Activities & Games for Kids

Learning about planets is always fun! This series of games and activities is geared towards elementary students and will ensure students have a blast while learning all about the planets in our solar system.

Planet Mercury Lesson Plan for Elementary School

8. Planet Mercury Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the planet Mercury with this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson that explains the planet's position, temperature, gravity and more, ask and answer questions, and participate in games and activities.

Mercury Lesson Plan

9. Mercury Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses numerous activities, an extension, quizzes, as well as discussion topics and questions that will help students learn a lot more about the planet Mercury.

Mercury: Facts & Retrograde

10. Mercury: Facts & Retrograde

Bigger is not always better. For example, just check out the tiniest planet in our solar system, Mercury. In this lesson you will learn that despite Mercury's miniature dimensions, it tops the others in several ways.

The Surface & Atmosphere on Mercury

11. The Surface & Atmosphere on Mercury

This lesson will describe the planet Mercury's surface components and how they came to be as the planet formed. It will also go into the planet's interior and atmosphere.

Mercury Activities & Games

12. Mercury Activities & Games

Students are often intrigued by the planets, and Mercury should be no exception. Although tiny, Mercury is a fascinating planet. This series of actives and games aims to teach students about Mercury, while encouraging them to have fun.

Venus Lesson Plan

13. Venus Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn more about the second planet in our solar system, Venus. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Venus Activities & Games

14. Venus Activities & Games

If your students are studying the solar system, don't forget to study our planetary neighbor. Use these activities and games to help students learn about the planet Venus.

Mars Lesson Plan for Elementary School

15. Mars Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Do Martians really live on Mars? What would life be like on Mars? This lesson plan teaches students key facts about the planet Mars through a text lesson, discussion questions and a hands-on activity.

Mars Lesson for Kids: Atmosphere & Climate

16. Mars Lesson for Kids: Atmosphere & Climate

As one of our neighboring planets, scientists have studied the features of Mars for many years. There have even been spacecraft sent there to study this mysterious planet. This lesson explores Mars' atmosphere and climate.

Planet Mars Lesson for Kids

17. Planet Mars Lesson for Kids

We identify Mars with blood and death, but we can't stop sending spaceships up to explore it. In this lesson, you'll learn about the planet Mars and how humans have tried to look for water and even life on its surface.

Life on Mars Lesson Plan

18. Life on Mars Lesson Plan

If you are discussing the planet of Mars, students will enjoy this lesson plan. They will complete a reading activity and an art project, and they will take a quiz to demonstrate what they've learned.

Is There Life on Mars? - Water & Microbial Life

19. Is There Life on Mars? - Water & Microbial Life

The question of whether or not there is life on Mars has sparked our curiosity for many years. Scientists are now able to study Mars remotely with the use of robots and spacecraft. Have they found water, or any microbial life yet? Read on to learn more.

Mars Activities for Kids

20. Mars Activities for Kids

Are you teaching young students about the solar system and the planets within it? This lesson will offer some unique activities that appeal to a variety of learning styles while helping your students learn more about Mars.

Inner Planets Lesson Plan

21. Inner Planets Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the inner planets of our Solar System. Students will watch a video lesson, make a chart of each inner planet's features and characteristics, and create a scale model of the four planets.

Jupiter Lesson Plan

22. Jupiter Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help your students learn more about Jupiter. Students will conduct a demonstration that depicts Jupiter's red spot and create a model of the planet.

Jupiter Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. Jupiter Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the planet Jupiter with help from this lesson plan. A text anchors the lesson and provides facts and details about Jupiter. After reading the lesson, students will demonstrate understanding with an activity.

Jupiter Activities & Games

24. Jupiter Activities & Games

Get your students excited to learn about the planet Jupiter by incorporating some fun activities and games. This lesson provides different ways for students to learn facts about Jupiter, as well as creative ways they can use their imaginations to explore the planet.

Saturn Lesson Plan

25. Saturn Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn more about Saturn. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Saturn Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Saturn Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Saturn is a gassy ringed planet in our very own solar system. This lesson plan introduces students to basic facts about Saturn using a text lesson. A worksheet provides a pre and post test paired with a fun game to assess comprehension.

Saturn Activities & Games

27. Saturn Activities & Games

Learning about the solar system is part of the science curriculum that excites and engages students of all ages. Use this lesson to brainstorm different activities and games you can incorporate while teaching your students about Saturn.

Uranus Lesson Plan

28. Uranus Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn more about Uranus. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Uranus Activities & Games

29. Uranus Activities & Games

If your class is studying the planets and solar system, make sure your students learn about the planet Uranus. Use these games and activities to help teach students about this distant planet.

Neptune Lesson Plan

30. Neptune Lesson Plan

Neptune is a fascinating yet distant planet in our solar system. This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explore the unique qualities of Neptune. A fun game provides reinforcement of key ideas.

Neptune Activities & Games

31. Neptune Activities & Games

Neptune, blue-colored and farthest from the sun, is one of the planets that make up our solar system. Use the following games and activities to teach your students about this planet.

Pluto Lesson Plan

32. Pluto Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, middle school students will study the defining characteristics of Pluto. Students will read a text lesson, discuss the IAU definition of a planet and compare Pluto to other celestial bodies.

Pluto Activities & Games

33. Pluto Activities & Games

Pluto's recent demotion makes it an interesting astronomy topic. These activities and games will enhance student knowledge about the dwarf planet while allowing them to have fun and be creative.

Planetary Orbit Games

34. Planetary Orbit Games

Keep things spinning in your classroom with these fun planetary orbit games. We include simple ideas to reinforce concepts of planetary orbit for varying age levels and include step-by-step directions for easy, go-to plans.

Create a Planet Lesson Plan

35. Create a Planet Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn to identify planets of various kinds. They will apply this knowledge by creating their own fictional planets along scientific expectations.

Planetary Weather Lesson Plan

36. Planetary Weather Lesson Plan

Teachers can use these lesson plans to introduce students to atmospheric conditions on other planets. Students will read a lesson, complete a Venn diagram, and create a diorama as they learn about the weather on the planets in our solar system.

Weather on Other Planets: Atmospheric Conditions & Temperature

37. Weather on Other Planets: Atmospheric Conditions & Temperature

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Venus, or maybe Mars? Today, we're going to take a look at the unique weather patterns that occur on other planets in our solar system.

Solar System Lesson Plan for High School

38. Solar System Lesson Plan for High School

Educate your students about the solar system with this helpful lesson plan. They will view a video lesson about the solar system, take a related lesson quiz, and take part in a fun related hands on activity.

Solar System Lesson Plan

39. Solar System Lesson Plan

Launch a unit on the solar system with this Study.com lesson plan. Students will define terms and learn about the sun, moon, planets, and other features. Follow up with a fun activity to boost comprehension.

Solar System Lesson Plan for 3rd Grade

40. Solar System Lesson Plan for 3rd Grade

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the solar system. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss new information, and participate in a variety of short, fun activities.

Neptune Project Ideas

41. Neptune Project Ideas

Neptune is unique in the history of scientific discoveries. These projects can help your students learn more about the planet, its conditions, its discovery, and how scientists study distant planetary bodies.

Mars Project Ideas

42. Mars Project Ideas

There are many ways to study the planet Mars. These project ideas will give your students unique and creative opportunities to explore the topic in greater depth.

Solar System Unit Plan for 3rd Grade

43. Solar System Unit Plan for 3rd Grade

Teaching your third graders about the solar system can be a lot of fun! This unit plan will guide you step-by-step in taking your students from an overview of the solar system to detailed activities related to each of the planets.

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