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The Solar System

The Solar System

Author: Maegan DeGraff

Science Content Standards:

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
c.  Students know the path of a planet around the Sun is due to the gravitational
attraction between the Sun and the planet.


Students will be able to identify the sun as the center of our solar system and compare and contrast the eight planets that orbit the sun.

IEP Goal:

All students in the classroom will will obtain selected science goals as provided in the regular education
environment to a level of 70% accuracy.

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National Geographic-Solar System

Watch this short video about the Solar System to gain further understanding of the topic.

Source: "Solar System 101 | National Geographic". YouTube.

NASA Science

NASA Exploration

Here is a link to where you can virtually explore the Solar System from your technology device.  

Source: "Solar System Exploration".

The Sun

Watch this short video to gain understanding about the Sun.

Source: "The Sun | Educational Video for Kids.". Happy Learning. YouTube.


1. After answering all multiple choice questions and viewing all videos, pictures, and other resources about the solar system provided in this lesson, please construct a two-three paragraph narrative about the Solar System (this response can include facts and insight about, but is not limited to: the eight planets, the Sun, the Milky Way galaxy, etc.).  

This narrative is to be constructed in your science journals (i.e. science notebook).