fun planets
This Topic Mini-Research & Literature Web Page was
developed for Mrs. Cavenaugh's 2nd Grade Class at Northside Primary  School
Designed by Rhonda Pridgen, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

What planet do we live on? This planet is the third planet from the sun and the only one known to have life. Find out by looking here.

This planet is the largest planet in our solar system.
What is the name of this planet?

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and has a very
different appearance. What is so special about this planet?

What is the center of the solar system? Visit this site to find out interesting facts about this topic.

Real World Activity
Exploring Other Planets
Let's imagine that we are astronauts on a space mission.  We are traveling in a spaceship to all of the different planets in our solar system. On this mission, you will spacewalk to explore and find out facts on the planet of your choice. You will then draw a picture of this planet and write down some interesting facts about it to share with your classmates. Go to this solar system website to learn about your favorite planet.

Steps for Real World Activity
Step 1: Discuss the job of an astronaut.
Step 2: Visit the solar system website to learn about and pick out your favorite planet.
tep 3: I will give you paper. You will need to write down 5 interesting facts about your planet.                           
Step 4: Draw and color a picture of your planet.
Step 5: Share our facts with classmates.

Topic Literature Activity

The Planets in Our Solar System

The Planets in Our Solar System
By Franklyn M. Branley

Topic Literature Activity
     Do you know what you would weigh on other planets? Find out here!
Questions of Understanding
1.  How many planets are in our solar system?
2.  Do all of the planets have moons?
3.  How many planets are smaller than the earth?
4.  How many planets have rings?
Critical Thinking Questions
1. If  you were an astronaut, which planet would you like to explore? Why?
2. Why do you think that the Earth is the only planet that contains life?

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