Sunday, March 5, 2017

Solar System Resources


My Kids ALWAYS loved the solar system unit! I'm sure yours do too! It isn't just enough to read out of the book, they need hands-on activities to understand the tremendous distances in space, and games and videos to grab their attention and never let it go!! This is one unit that can ignite not only an interest for a lifetime, but a career in science as well! I hope you and your students enjoy the great resources below.

1.  ProTeacher Directory
This is a great place to come for ideas and activities to inspire kids. Ideas for planet advertisements, planet postcards, moon phases and more.


2.  Scholastic
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/teaching-content/solar-system/
There are great lesson ideas here of course...it's Scholastic). Some are based on books, some are activities without a specific book.

3.  More Scholastic!
http://www2.scholastic.com/teachers/unit/solar-system-everything-you-need
This site is FULL!  Get study jams, activities for reading and writing, and much, much more!


For center time, or group work don't miss these great out space games and activities!

NASA Space Place
Lots of great games that come straight from the source....NASA!

Interactive Sites for Education
13 Terrific games/sites!!


I've saved the best for last!!  The one thing that is really hard for kids to understand about space is the tremendous distances involved. I've done this activity with my third graders and they are absolutely amazed. We did it in a long hall, and to get to Pluto, we had to go right out the back door. This is my most favorite space activity...kids don't forget it either!! I didn't write it, by the way. It comes from Family Astro.


Hope you and your students enjoy these fun resources.

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