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HSS-E1-A: The student will investigate & understand the characteristics of the Earth and the solar system. Key Concepts include: Position of the Earth in the solar system Print the worksheet on card stock, cut out, and have the students put the planets in order. Students could also number the planets to demonstrate order.


Astrological Planets –There are eight planets in the Solar System. In order of increasing distance from the Sun, they are the four terrestrials, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, then the four gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, & Neptune. Pluto was discredited by some...but I'm not buying it! lol

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Space Exploration Journal

This is an excellent way for students to remember the order of the planets. This worksheet also allows students to write in the names of each planet, so teachers would easily be able to see if the material is being learned. I also like how each planet has a visual. This would help any visual learners in the classroom. - KS


Want to feel humble and completely insignificant? Stop for a moment and think, just think, how tiny Earth is in our Solar System, and it is but a dust mite in the Universe! ♥ Current solar system

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Order of the Planets Poster



Great video for learning the planets! Funny, too! We've watched it several times and Isabelle now knows all the planets in order (me too!)

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Solar System Scavenger Hunt

This Solar System Scavenger Hunt is a great way for students to learn interesting facts about our Solar System, while getting them up and out of their seats to look for cards throughout the room. Each card contains detailed information and the corresponding questions page allows students to record information found on the scavenger hunt fact cards. There is also a page with the Sun and the eight planets with a word bank for students to name the planets in the correct order.