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Best of the Solar System - Lesson Plan __ "Introduce students to planetary research and familiarize them with the planets and their features. Key questions, procedure, materials needed. - From berkeley.edu - http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SegWayEd/lessons/BOSS/lessonplan2.htm

Bringing the Solar System to Life __ "The Solar System is a very abstract concept for primary age children. This activity was designed to show children
the ideas of "revolution" and "rotation". - From Columbia Education Center - http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci067.html

The Discovery of the Solar System __ "The student will learn about the heliocentric theory of Copernicus, the ideas behind it and the explanations which it displaced. A discussion of retrograde motion of planets helps the students understand the logic underlying the ideas of both Ptolemy and Copernicus. "  Goals, procedure, materials needed. - From nasa.gov - http://www-istp.gsfc.nasa.gov/stargaze/Lsolsys.htm

Exploring Planets in the Classroom: hands-on science activities __ "More than 25 hands-on science activities are provided in classroom-ready pages for both teachers and students for exploring Earth, the planets, geology, and space sciences." - From spacegrant.hawaii.edu - http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/

A Journey Through the Solar System Lesson Plan Grade(s): 1-3 __ A detailed lesson plan and follow-up activities.  A PDF file, acrobat reader needed. - From darksky.org - http://docs.darksky.org/education/JTTSS/Lesson%20Plan%20Solar%20System%20&%20LP.pdf  

Lesson Plans: The Solar System (Elementary, Science) __ Actually one lesson plan.  "The students will visually list ten objects in our solar system, along with one characteristic of the object,on a piece of paper with 100% accuracy." - From teachers.net - http://teachers.net/lessonplans/posts/2068.html

 

Multidisciplinary Activities on the Solar System __ "Each of the activities below can be performed using either CGI or JavaScript versions. You should select which one is best for you depending on the capabilities of your browser software." - From nasa.gov - http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level1/activity.html

Our Solar System - Computers / Internet Lesson Plan, Thematic Unit, Activity, Worksheet, or Teaching Idea __ Yep, it is all of those.  A detailed tech oriented Solar System lesson plan.  Goals, procedure and materials. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/CIScienceColorfulSolarSystemExcelChart46.htm

Planet, Solar System Coloring Pages (Printable) __ "We offer two versions of each page -- one with the poor dismissed Pluto and one without. ;) "  Coloring pages for the younger set. - illustrated - From coloringcastle.com - http://www.coloringcastle.com/planets_coloring_pages.html

Planets or Not, Here We Come __ "During this unit you will be researching a specific planet with your team members. Each team member will be assigned a different job."  Goals, procedure and materials. - From edtech.sandi.net - http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/king/planets/

Sample the Solar System __ "Identify different features of the solar system like the Sun, the Moon, the planets, comets, and asteroids.
Ask each student to choose one solar system feature to research. Work with students as they choose their topics to be sure that each feature, including the nine planets, is chosen."  Goals, procedure and materials. - From teachervision.fen.com - http://www.teachervision.fen.com/solar-system/lesson-plan/5139.html

Solar System __ A collection of 11 lesson plans and activities.  Some can be done alone or in a class setting. - From discoveryeducation.com - http://school.discoveryeducation.com/curriculumcenter/solarsystem/projectideas.html

Solar System Activities, Lessons, and Other Resources __ Collection of lesson plans and other Solar system study resources for all grade levels. - From Southeast Missouri State University - http://www2.semo.edu/mast/mlc/solarsystem.htm

Solar System Adventure __ "Students learn about the solar system and our galaxy from World Wide Web sites and write a science fiction story based on what they discover." - From eduplace.com - http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/advent/solar.html

Solar System: Famous Comets __ "Learn more about some famous comets including Halley's, Hale-Bopp, Shoemaker-Levy 9, and Hyakutake. Includes photographs and animations."  An index of lesson plans and resources. - From emints.org - http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00000844.shtml 

Solar System Learning Activities __ Collection of lesson plans as part of a Solar System learning unit. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/more/205la.html

Solar System Lesson Plan __  "By using the resources on this web-based activity, students will develop knowledge about the planets and constellations in our Solar System."  Takes about 4 weeks.  Goals, procedure, materials. - From siec.k12.in.us - http://www.siec.k12.in.us/west/proj/space/lessonplan.htm

Solar System Lesson Plan __ "These free lesson plans are provided by Beacon Hill Academy, a non-profit school in Sri Lanka that provides young adults from underprivileged areas with a free post-secondary education."  A couple of lesson plans. - From beaconhillacademy.org - http://www.beaconhillacademy.org/lessons/astro-solarsystem.html

Solar System Lesson Plan __ "This is week 1 of a 4 week hands-on unit on Astronomy. Make planet pizzas, take a planet walk, and more!"  A hone schooling lesson plan. - From squidoo.com - http://www.squidoo.com/solar-system-lesson-plan-for-homeschool-in-astronomy-unit  

Solar system lesson plans for elementary school teachers in grades K-5 __ A collection of Solar System lesson plans.  Goals, procedure and materials. - From proteacher.com - http://www.proteacher.com/110066.shtml

Solar System Lessons and Activites __ Over 40 lesson plans about planets and Solar System. - From lessonplancentral.com - http://lessonplancentral.com/lessons/Space/Solar_System/index.htm

Solar System Scale Model Meta Page __ "The idea: Making scale models of the solar system is a useful way to learn about it. Here are various related pages." - From vendian.org - http://www.vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/solarsystem/

Solar System Theme Unit: Worksheets, Planets, Math Problems ... __ Printable worksheets, logic problems, word searches, and puzzles. - From edhelper.com - http://edhelper.com/SolarSystem.htm

Solar System Trading Cards -- Lesson Plan __ The purpose of this lesson is for students to acquire information about objects in the solar system while collecting solar system trading cards through interactive computer use. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From .stsci.edu - http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/trading/trading-inter-details.html

Solar System Unit __ "This unit focuses on the Earth and its surroundings. The Earth is part of a changing system. In order to preserve life on Earth, there is a need to develop understanding of the Earth's characteristics and how people interact with their environment. The content of this unit involves the solar system, planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, meteorites, comets, day and night, lunar cycles and the seasons."  Goals, procedure, materials. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/more/205t01.html 

Solar System with balloons __ "This Science activity, part of a unit on the Solar System, uses role playing to demonstrate the universe and
its connection to the sun." - Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From col-ed.org - http://www.col-ed.org/cur/sci/sci67.txt

The Story Of The Solar System __ A Solar System unit, K - 5.  Goals, procedure and materials. - From discoveryeducation.com - http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/the-story-of-the-solar-system.cfm

Space Theme - Lesson Plans, Thematic Units, Printables, Worksheets ... __ Collection of lesson plans about the Solar system for all grade levels. - From atozteacherstuff.com - http://atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Space/

Teacher Planet: Solar System Theme Page __ You will find lesson plans, worksheets, teaching units, clip art and more. - From teacherplanet.com - http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/solarsystem.php 
 


 
 

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