Our solar system is located on an outer spiral of the Milky Way. It includes 1 star, 8 planets, moons, dwarf planets and millions of asteroids, comets and meteorites. In this lesson, students will learn the origins of both our galaxy and our solar system. Students will identify the components of our solar system and in a hands on activity, put the planets in the correct order. Students will learn the unique characteristics of each planet and be able to distinguish between the inner, rocky planets and the outer gas giants. This lesson includes trip to Mars.
1. Formation of Planets video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCkhEu3lYNc 2. Multimedia presentation about the planets is under Content. 3. For the assessment activity, I had the 8 planets in groups of 4 (inner planets and outer planets). I had created 2 sticky notes for each planet, with a fact about the planet. They were mixed up and the students would take them and move them in front of the planet. Good way to assess what they learned during the discussions.