Lesson Plan

The Solar System

Understand what the solar system is and the order of the planets
Ernie C.
Early childhood provider
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science

Students will be able to understand what the solar system is, what it's made up of and be able to name the planets. 

Grades 3 – 6
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1 Hook

Activity: Other — Introduction

Students will be introduced to the solar system by viewing various images that the teacher has found using various websites.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Students will view the following movie to help them build an understanding of what makes up the solar system:


Once the students have finished the video discuss what they have seen and clear up any misunderstandings that the students may have. 

3 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

In small groups/pairs have the students log on to the website: www.kidsastronomy.com/solar­_system.htm


Assign each group/pair a planet to investigate using that site. This will be a project will take more than one day. Please make sure you outline what the students should be looking for.


For example:

-Find 5 Facts

-Provide 2 Pictures

-When was it found and who found it

4 Wrap Up

Activity: Assessing

Have the students present their planet project to their peers and place the projects around the room for viewing.