Introduction to the Solar System - Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)


Introduction: Welcome to our WebQuest on the Solar System! Have you ever wondered what lies beyond our planet Earth? This WebQuest will take you on a journey through our Solar System, where you will learn about the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets that exist in our cosmic neighborhood. You will explore various websites and resources to complete your task, and by the end of this WebQuest, you will have a deeper understanding of our Solar System and its mysteries.


Task: Your task is to create a brochure that provides information about the eight planets in our Solar System. Your brochure should include the following information:

  • A brief introduction to the Solar System
  • A description of each planet's location, size, and distance from the sun
  • Key features of each planet (e.g., atmosphere, temperature, number of moons)
  • Interesting facts about each planet that make it unique

Your brochure should be informative, visually appealing, and easy to understand. You can use any software program or online tool to create your brochure.



  1. Begin by reviewing the following websites to gain a basic understanding of the Solar System:
  1. Use the following websites to gather information about each planet:
  1. Take notes on each planet's location, size, distance from the sun, key features, and interesting facts.

  2. Use any software program or online tool to create your brochure. Be sure to include text, images, and graphics to make your brochure visually appealing.

  3. Save your brochure as a PDF or image file.


Evaluation: Your brochure will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy of information (30 points)
  • Clarity and organization of information (20 points)
  • Creativity and visual appeal (20 points)
  • Grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Congratulations on completing the WebQuest on the Solar System! You have learned a great deal about the eight planets in our Solar System and their unique features. By creating a brochure, you have demonstrated your understanding of the planets' location, size, distance from the sun, and key features.

Remember, the Solar System is a vast and complex system that continues to fascinate scientists and astronomers. As you continue to learn about space and our universe, keep exploring and asking questions to unlock more of its mysteries. Well done!