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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Our Solar System

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This 5-part lesson can be done as a week-long theme.

Recommended Books:

  • Stars! Stars! Stars! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • The Sun, The Moon, And The Stars: Poems by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Me And My Place In Space by Joan Sweeney
  • Comets, Stars, The Moon, And Mars: Space Poems & Paintings by Douglas Florian
  • What The Sun Sees/What The Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri
  • The Sun Is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch
  • I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen
  • Galileo’s Telescope by Gerry Bailey
  • How Much Is A Million? by David M. Schwartz
  • G is for Galaxy: An Out of This World Alphabet by Janis Campbell & Cathy Collison
  • Jump Into Science: Stars by Steve Tomecek
  • Jump Into Science: Moon by Steve Tomecek
  • Enchanted Lions by David T. Greenberg
  • Star Seeker: A Journey To Outer Space by Theresa Heine
  • Star Climbing by Lou Fancher
  • Mommy’s Little Star by Janet Bingham
  • Long Night Moon by Cynthia Rylant
  • Going Around The Sun: Some Planetary Fun by Marianne Berkes
  • The Zoo In The Sky: A Book About Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton
  • Once Upon A Starry Night: A Book About Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton
  • Midnight On The Moon (Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Space (Magic Tree House Research Guide) by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
  • Gravity Is A Mystery (Let’s Read and Find Out Science 2) by Franklin M.  Branley
  • The Kids’ Science Book: Creative Experiences for Hands-On Fun by Robert Hirshfeld

Vocabulary Target Words: astronaut, constellation, earth, galaxy, gravity, moon, planet, solar system, space, stars, telescope

Fun with Astronomy: If you are looking for a fun and practical approach to teach your child about astronomy, I recommend the following: Astronomommy blog is maintained by Scarlet, who works at a planetarium and has two young children so her blog offers loads of family friendly ideas. The Astronomical Year blog offers brief posts about daily astronomical events that can easily be used as guides or ideas for astronomy-related lessons and activities. Additionally, the American Museum of Natural History offers an online Astronomy Kids Section with lots of supplemental information. Last, but not least, check out your local astronomical society, planetarium, science center or library for more ideas, events or resources.

Lesson Ideas:

1) Sun & Moon/Day & Night

2) Earth & The Other Planets

3) Our Moon’s Phases & Names ~ Read Long Night Moon by Cynthia Rylant. It discusses the names given to our moon by native Americans for each month of our calendar year. You can also present the eight phases of the moon with this worksheet. To expand the lesson, you can also make the moon’s phases using Oreo Cookies. Lastly, encourage real life observation by using this Moon Observation sheet to track what the child sees during three different evenings.

Learning about our solar system

Learning about our solar system

Did You Know?: Galileo Galilei was the first person to use a telescope to make scientific observations of the moon; astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first human to walk on the moon.

4) Stars & Constellations:

5) Gravity:

  • What does gravity do? it pulls everything down to Earth
  • You cannot see gravity but you can feel what it does; without gravity, we would float out of bed while we are sleeping or food would float off our plate while we are eating
  • Our moon and the other planets of our solar system also have gravity but at different levels
  • Show the effects of gravity through various exercises: if the child jumps up, gravity pulls them back down; if they throw something up, gravity pulls it back down. You can also use a yo-yo to reflect the push and pull of gravity.

Activities:

Art:

Read Sky Color by Peter Reynolds and encourage the child to draw/paint a portrait of what they see in the sky or imagine in space.

Crafts:

Collection of space crafts

Make A Solar System Mobile (8 page guide with cutouts)

Quiz:

Our Solar System (Answer Key)

Songs & Poems:

Interactive Online Stories:

National Geographic Young Explorer: Phases of the Moon, The Northern Lights, Our Solar System

Jokes & Riddles:

Space and Astronomy

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4 comments on “Our Solar System

  1. Astronomommy
    June 2, 2014

    Nice compilation! Here’s another book recommendation that cover’s Pluto and the Kuiper Belt in a story book for K-4: “Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery” by Margaret Weitekamp (Author), Diane Kidd (Illustrator), David DeVorkin (Contributor). I just read it (again) with my astronomonsters for bedtime last night.

    • Sofia
      June 2, 2014

      Thanks for the recommendation. We are always happy to find new books to read!

  2. sweetsavvywally
    October 29, 2014

    Hi Thank you for your list of resources.
    I started blogging about my families homeschool experience as well
    I am at homeschoolingmamacita.blogspot.com
    I am currently teaching my kids about the solar system.

    • Sofia
      October 29, 2014

      You’re welcome and glad it was helpful. I wish you the best on your schooling!

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