Time Required:
Vocabulary:
 sun, distance, farthest, closest
Materials:
 one large, yellow balloon
 nine smaller, differentcolored balloons
 chart or chalkboard
 marker or chalk
 index cards
 tape
 drawing paper
 pencils and crayons
 The Golden Book Encyclopedia CDRom
 KidPix
 Learn more about the solar system
at Solar
System NASA
Procedures:
 Revisit KWL and write new information students have learned.
 Ask students what in the sky gives the Earth light and heat. Remind students that the sun is very hot and important to the Earth. Explain to students that the sun is the center of our solar system, and we could not live without it. (Stress that the sun and the planets are far away from one another.)
 Blow up the large, yellow balloon to represent the sun. Choose one student to stand and hold the yellow balloon. Write the word sun on an index card and tape it to the balloon. Choose nine more students to hold differentcolored balloons representing the nine planets. Write the names of the planets on index cards and tape one to each balloon. Blow the balloons up in different sizes. (Use large balloons for large planets and small balloons for small planets.)
 Place students holding the planet balloons in the correct order of distance from the sun.
 Ask other students what planet is closest to the sun, what planets are closest to the Earth, and what planet is farthest from the sun.
 Pair students and distribute drawing paper, crayons, and pencils.
 Students will use the
Golden Book Encyclopedia CDRom to learn more about the solar system, to see what the planets look like, and to review where the planets are in relation to the sun.
 Have students use the information to draft maps of the solar system in pencil in the correct
order; students can also use the draw/paint
application of software to draw plants. They can
use rulers on the Tool Bar to measure distance.
 Students will use
KidPix to make a map of space placing the planets in correct order from the sun.
Evaluation:
 Students will label the planets and the sun correctly.
Extension Activity:
 Visit Kid's
NASA Weight and find the gravity of each planet and figure out how much you weigh in a planet of your choice. (Students will need to use a calculator) You may also visit Kids
NASA Puzzles for easier calculations.
Home Learning:
 Students will figure out how much their parents weigh in a planet of their choice.
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