My younger children are learning about the solar system. We are doing lots of fun activities to learn more about our planet and the other ones in our galaxy. Here are the activities we have done.
Solar System Videos on YouTube
We hook our XBox360 up to YouTube and use that for some of our school stuff. The kids really enjoy watching the videos, and as long as I’ve verified that they’re accurate, we can watch them to learn new things! Do you use YouTube? Below are the videos we watched while learning about the solar system.
This video is of a song that will really get stuck in your head and help the kids remember the planets and which order they are from the sun.
I also got them a Motorized Solar System, and they had a lot of fun building it and then watching the planets revolve around the sun. It’s a great learning activity, and I highly recommend it. 🙂
My kids love to do lapbooks! They love any craft products, really, but lapbooks are a good focused activity that can help reinforce the information being learned. Whatever the reason, it’s a fun activity. With that in mind, we are working on our space lapbooks now. The space lapbook we are using is from my favorite lapbooking site, Homeschool Share.
The lapbook is really huge. Make sure you check out the different pdf files they have available. There’s a complete space file, and one for the planets and another for the sun, moon and stars. If you know of another free lapbook, let me know in the comments below!
Free Solar System Lesson Plans
If you work better with actual lesson plans, then the following links are for you! I love using pre-planned lessons when I can’t come up with any fun activities. I like to browse them even when I do have ideas for fun stuff; as they say, two minds are better than one! These are also great when you’re in a time crunch and simply don’t have time to put something together yourself. After all, why recreate the wheel? 🙂
Lesson Planet is a great site, and the solar system plans they offer are absolutely great. That link will lead you to a page where you can sort the lesson plans by grade, then by Common Core Standards, if you’re following them.
This lesson on the solar system has some neat concepts in it. I may make some changes to use it for my kids, but overall making space trading cards is a neat idea!
Here’s a lesson plan to help teach your child how to classify objects in the solar system. Here’s another lesson plan for studying the size & scale of the planets.
Websites to Learn About Space
If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll love browsing the web for fun facts, and playing educational games. So, here are some great places to find not only interactive games on the solar system, but information geared towards elementary aged kids.
- Astronomy for Kids – Learn facts about each of the 9 planets (yes, this site still includes Pluto…)
- The 9 Planets – This site has been updated to reflect that Pluto is no longer considered a planet. If you can get past the poor site design, there is a lot of helpful information here.
- Astronomy for Kids – I really like this site; well, the entire network of sites, really. Make sure you shut off your sound, as the solar system interactive map makes some pretty annoying sounds…
- Science Kids – This page has a lot of great information. Find facts, take quizzes and play a word scramble.
Free Online Space Games
- Astronomy for Kids – I told you I love this site! Here are some fun games to help reinforce what your kids have learned.
- Build a Solar System – This game allows children to “build” an online solar system.
- Identify the Planet – Name the planet based on the orbit.
Free Space Worksheets
Last, but certainly not least, the following sites offer some great worksheets to help your child learn about the solar system.
- Planet Report Form – Here’s an easy to fill out form that your child can fill out for each planet (or one, however you want to do it!)
- Solar System Word Worksheets – Crosswords, word searches and more with a space theme.
- School Express Solar System – a variety of different worksheets kids will love.
- Space Learning Activities – I love, love, LOVE Enchanted Learning. Highly recommend you get a subscription to this site. It’s worth it!
What are some of your favorite space resources? I’d love to hear about them, and any other activities you and your kids do to learn about space! Share in the comments below!
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