Planets - Solar System Research Unit - Let your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classroom or homeschool students enjoy this 60+ page resource that focuses on our solar system, outer space, and the planets. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are covered. This research unit is great for a group based project, as an interactive notebook activity, to supplement your science curriculum, and as individual work. Let students investigate to find the answers and learn more!
Solar System: Rotating and Revolving Teaching Special Thinkers. I would use this to teach the difference between the planets rotating and revolving. After this, I could work my way into the stars and different constellations.
SC.5.E.5.2 - Recognize the major common characteristics of all planets and compare/contrast the properties of inner and outer planets. This activity is great for a class activity or an informal evaluation of the students. It sharpens the students' sorting skills, as well as comparing and contrast. Students will also demonstrate their knowledge of the difference between inner and outer planets throughout the activity, which can be use for informal assessments.