The Solar System



The solar system is a large system in space that has the sun, and many planets, moons, asteroids and comets orbiting around it from gravity. Within our system, there are eight planets which are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The Sun is very far away from earth- 93 million miles away! The earth where we live is always spinning around, and orbiting around the sun. 

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Using the planets, see if you can create them as superheroes and make a comic strip!

- Learn what colour each planet is (For Example, a Mars character that is Red)

- Learn what the weather is like (For Example, a Neptune character with ice powers)

- Learn how many moons each planet has (For Example, an Earth character with a moon side kick) 

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Use this template to draw or write your story!

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Complete this worksheet and colour in the planets!

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The Solar System and its planets is very important. The eight planets each have unique features. There are four inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. These planets are smaller and are mainly made of metals and rock. The other four planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are outer planets. These planets are large and are made of helium, hydrogen and other gases. You may hear about Pluto being a planet in the system, but it is actually a dwarf planet. The universe has been around for millions of years, and will continue to live for a long time. 

Teacher Page

Grade: Sixth
Unit: One
Topic: The Solar System

General Objectives
The student will be able to name and know basic information on the planets in the solar system. 

Specific Objectives
•    Students will research and read about the planets
•    Students will use this information to create characters.
•    Students will create a story to present visually or orally to the class

At the end of this lesson students should be able to: 
•    Know the name of each planet in the solar system. 
•    Understand how they move around the sun.