Solar System


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Hello, dear scientists!
Today our laboratory wants to check if people can live on another planet of Solar System!
Your scientific groups need to find out some information about other planets and the Sun, compare it and make a conclusion.

Do you know what Solar System is?

What planets are there?

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Name the planets that you see in the picture.


useful words:

Solar System (picture 3)

gravitation (picture 4)

drinkable water (picture 5)

galaxy (picture 6)

moon (picture 7)

surface temperature (picture 8)

mass (picture 9)

scientist (picture 10)


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So, you are a team of scientists. You need to complete a research on Solar System and find out if we can live on another planet.

To do this you will:

1. Make up a list of criteria that a planet should have to live on it.

2. Your team will get a planet. Find out information about it.

3. Decide if your planet is suitable for life.

4. Present your planet and listen to other groups' presentations.

5. Decide which planet is suitable for life.

6. Think what you can do to make your planet suitable for life (if it isn't).

Good luck, dear scientists! Let's go!

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Stage 1

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The first step in your research is to make a list of criteria that a planet should have to live on it. Think of 3-5 points.

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____

Stage 2

Now your teacher will give you the name of your team's planet.

You need to find out information about it. Draw a planet and be ready to tell other scientific groups the results of your research.

Don't forget to find the information about:

  • its place in Solar System
  • surface temperature
  • size (diameter)
  • number of moons
  • if there is drinkable water
  • if there is air
  • an interesting fact

You should use the following resources:

Stage 3

Look at the points mentioned before ( planet's place in Solar System, surface temperature, size (diameter), number of moons, if there is drinkable water on the planet, if there is air on the planet). Which of them can you add to your list of criteria made on stage 1?

criteria Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune

 Now complete the tablet: tick the criteria which make your planet suitable for life.


Stage 4

Present your planet and listen to other presentations. Don't forget to tick the criteria when you are listening to other scientific groups.

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Stage 5

Discuss the results of the tablet with your group. Is there any planet which is suitable for life? Discuss with other scientific groups.

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Stage 6 (optional)

Think what you can do to make your planet suitable for life. What can you add? What can you change or create?

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yes no
Did you participate a lot in the process of work?    
Was your research successful?    
Was your presentation successful?    

What was the most interesting fact you learned?

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That you for your work, dear scientists! 

Now we know that there is no planet we can live on, except the Earth! So, let's be careful with our planet!

We hope, you know a little bit more about the Solar System now! Your research was very important for us!

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Teacher Page

Zhiganova Maria, Kurlova Anna, Tsvang Svetlana

Stage 1

Possible answer:

1. There is drinkable water on the planet.

2. There is enough air on the planet.

3. There is a source of food on the planet.

4. The temperature on the planet is suitable for people.

5. The size of the planet is enough for the humanity to live on it.

Stage 2 

Suggested answers:

  • its place in Solar System
  • surface temperature
  • size (diameter)
  • number of moons
  • if there is drinkable water
  • if there is air
  • an interesting fact


  • the closest planet to the Sun
  • -173 - +427 C
  • 4,879 km
  • 0 moons
  • no
  • no
  • If you were standing on Mercury’s surface, the sun would look three times as large as it does when you see it from Earth, and the sunlight would be seven times brighter. 


  • is situated between Mercury and Earth
  • +462 C
  • 12,101 km
  • 0 moons
  • no
  • no
  • Venus is covered in valleys, mountains and tens of thousands of volcanoes.


  • is situated between Earth and Jupiter
  • -153 to 20 °C
  • 6,752 km
  • 2 moons
  • there was some water found
  • no
  • It has a distinctive red color and was therefore associated with battles and war and named after the Roman god of war.


  • is situated between Mars and Saturn
  • -148 °C
  • 133,709 km
  • 79 moons
  • no
  • no
  • Jupiter’s storms are incredibly huge.


  • is situated between Jupiter and Uranus
  • -190 - -150 C
  • 108,728 km
  • 62 moons
  • no
  • no
  • There is no weather like on Saturn anywhere in the known solar system.


  • is situated between Saturn and Neptune
  • -216 °C
  • 49,946 km
  • 27
  • no
  • no
  • Uranus has a blue-green color from all of the methane gas in its atmosphere.


  • is situated moat far from the Sun
  • -220 C
  • 48,682 km
  • 14
  • no
  • no
  • Scientists believe that there may be an unknown element that causes Neptune to have a more intense color.

Stage 4

Criteria of presentation:

1. The needed facts are mentioned.

2. The usage of vocabulary and grammar.

3. The ability to present (speaking skills)

4. The picture is shown.

Stage 5

There is no planet in Solar System  suitable for life except the Earth.