Exploring the Solar System

Exploring the Solar System

Exploring the Solar System

Ages:4th - 6th grade
Available in the planetarium theater or virtually!
Beginning on Earth, students will observe the constellations visible during the season of your visit and learn how to distinguish planets from stars in the nighttime sky. Our tour doesn’t only take place on Earth — we will “blast off” to get a closer look at each destination in our Solar System. Students will witness the planets revolving around the Sun and discover how Earth’s rotation and revolution affects our daily lives. We will visit the Sun, each planet, the asteroid belt, and more, discussing the characteristics of each location in depth before returning safely back to Earth.

Teacher Resources

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New York State Science Learning Standards covered by the program for 4th grade, 5th grade, and middle school students.

Printable vocabulary list with terms used during the show.

Printable worksheet with a short article and activities about the planets in our Solar System.

Printable worksheet with a short article and activities about the differences between asteroids, meteors, meteoroids, meteorites, and comets.

Printable worksheet with a short article and activities about Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel to space.

Printable worksheet with a short article and activities about the Curiosity rover on Mars.

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