The Solar System
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The Solar System

Our solar system is home to Earth and seven other planets. Each planet rotates on its own axis while revolving around the Sun. Every planet has unique characteristics and qualities that set it apart from the rest. The Sun keeps this complex arrangement in order. This unit reveals detailed facts about our Sun and the planets. It also addresses other components of our solar system, including dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, and comets.


Supporting Materials

Show Me Only

Additional Reading

Comprehension Support


Science Videos

A Guided Tour of the Moon
Earth's Sister Planet--Venus
First Spacecraft at Uranus
How Does a Lunar Eclipse Work?
Hubble's Eye on the Universe
Interstellar Voyager
JunoCam in Jupiter's Orbit (no audio)
Jupiter's Moons
Mars Rover Anniversary
Mars Rover Curiosity
Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars?
Mars in a Minute: Is Mars Really Red?
Our Dynamic Sun
Saturn Moon Ballet
Spirit Looks Back
The Solar Cycle
What Is a Solar Eclipse?

Career Files

Astronaut; Planetary Geologist; Spacesuit Designer

Retelling Rubrics

Nonfiction Retelling Rubric

Vocabulary Cards

The Solar System

Word Work

Crossword; Unscramble; Matching

Book Assembly