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Identifying the Planets

Identifying the Planets

Author: Ashley Camarena

Grade Level: Fifth

Standard: Science California Content Standard 5.5 The solar system consists of planets and other bodies that orbit the Sun in predictable paths. As a basis for understanding this concept:

a. Students know the Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system and is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.

b. Students know the solar system includes the planet Earth, the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and their satellites, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets.


1. Students will be able to recognize the distinctive features of the planets.

2. Students will know what makes the sun different and what the sun is composed of. 

3. Students will know what other items, besides the planets, that are in our solar system.

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