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Solar System Unit Study

Solar System Unit Study

Unit studies are my favorite way to engage my children in learning about science topics. We have so much more fun exploring in this more free flowing way than by reading out of a text book. This Solar System Unit Study is one I am preparing for the coming year for my children.

Solar System Unit Study from Starts At Eight

Beyond planning this Solar System Unit Study, I have also created a Hands On Science: Rocks & Minerals Unit Study that I will be using with my children. These are creating the basis of our earth science unit for the coming year.

Solar System Printables

  1. Scale of the Solar System – lesson and printable
  2. Notebooking Pages – A 20 page .pdf including Fact Pages for Each Planet– Distance from the sun, diameters, composition, #of moons, etc. Additional Fact Pages– Included are the sun, moon, asteroids, meteorites, comets, Pluto & dwarf planets. And 5 Lined Pages for mini-reports, paragraph writing or copywork.
  3. Space Interactive Notebook  – Bring your science journal to life using these Space interactive sheets. 45 pages are included.
  4. FREE Printable Space Pack – Specifically for ages 2-7. Includes over 100 pages.
  5. Montessori Inspired Astronomy Units – A collection of astronomy units.
  6. Enchanted Learning – This site has been a huge resource for the elementary years with my children. Packed with tons of information and great printables.

Video Resources

Solar System Books

Solar System Books from Starts At Eight

1. The Planets – The Definitive Visual Guide To Our Solar System from DK

The Planets from DK US

I am just amazed at the gorgeously detailed photos and information in this book. From solar eclipses to lunar crates, Saturn’s rings, dwarf planets and so much more! This is a great upper level resource for this solar system unit study.

The Planets from DK US

2. Space Exploration from DK

Space Exploration a DK Eyewitness Book

My middle school aged son really loves this one. From the dreams of early explorers like Jules Verne to the future of space tourism this book covers all the fun and exciting space travel innovations throughout the years. This book ends with a comprehensive timeline from 1957-2014.

Space Exploration Timeline from DK's Eyewitness Space Exploration Book

3. The Usborne Book of Astronomy & Space – With Internet Links

This book has some great features for you study of not just the planets, but other things in space such as the constellations. One of the highlights is the quick reference charts in back for constellations, astronomical symbols, a timetable of astronomy landmarks, and an interesting question and answer section.

4. Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers for Each Planet

Earth is just one of the planets plus the sun and the moon that you can get in this series! They make great resources for the younger elementary ages.

5. Other Favorites

6.  Space and Planets – Glow In The Dark from DK

Stars and Planets: Glow in the Dark from DK

This is by far the hallmark of this book collection for younger readers! This book includes fun tidbits about each planet and a stargazing guide. I love the thick board book style pages and peek a boo hole in the middle where you see a piece of each of the planets!

The bigger thriller in this one is the poster and 100 Glow In The Dark Stickers!! You can be sure that this one is going right up on the wall in my little one’s room for her to decorate with the stickers and enjoy the glow at night.

Stars and Planets Glow in the Dark Poster from DK

{Disclosure: I received a copy of the 3 DK books. My opinions are my own, and I was not required to post a positive review. Your experience may vary. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Activities

  1. The Nine Planets – online interactive learning
  2. The Story of the Solar System – learn about other other objects in the solar system (asteroids, comets)
  3. Constellations – A SMARTboard file introducing the constellations.
  4. Model of the Solar System – use Play-doh to create a small scale model of the solar system
  5. Scale Model of the Solar System – Middle School Activities – Informational and hands on lesson including creation of their own model
  6. Inflatable Solar System – This has been hung in our house twice so far and will be going up for a third time this coming fall. You can bet that each one of my kids have loved having this large scale solar system hung up across our homeschool room.

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38 Comments

  1. heathfamily7
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 07:56:42

    Thanks for this post (and giveaway)! Our VBS this year is space themed so this post is really helpful to me!
    Tara H

  2. Carrie
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 08:21:52

    Great information and resources! Love this!

  3. Lara Corbell
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 11:03:37

    Thank you for this Unit Study!

  4. rachel cartucci
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 17:41:31

    Oh wow,I totally need this for my son!!! Thanks so much!

  5. James Robert
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 20:05:22

    This sounds like one terrific book.My nephew would really enjoy this. He is into all things like this

  6. Meghan Finley
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 21:42:19

    I’d love this!

  7. Kathleen P.
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 08:43:10

    Great unit study. Looks like fun.

  8. Gena Mayo
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 10:12:59

    Space is one of the favorite unit studies we do. Nice giveaway. 🙂

  9. Jenna
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 17:04:25

    I would so love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Carol Graft
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 17:29:33

    What a great giveaway! We love all things space over here . Even my nearly 3yo grandson loves his space books/sun book.

  11. Our Home Of Many Blessings
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 18:19:53

    Oh thank you for this giveaway!We are currently studying this right now!!!

  12. Donna Hutson
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 02:20:20

    I would love to win this! Planning to study the solar system in the fall.

  13. Amanda Banks
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 11:34:20

    This looks great. My kids love learning about the solar system!

  14. Karyn
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 11:51:04

    Awesome list of ideas & fun giveaway!

  15. Jocelyn McGaffic
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:28:11

    Great giveaway. Thank you for the chance!

  16. jennifer mathesz
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:35:59

    i love a good giveaway 🙂

  17. Tamara Manning
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:54:08

    My 6 and 7 year old are studying astronomy with me now. We’re having a blast! This would be a great addition. Thanks – I can’t wait to check everything out!

  18. LindseyLoo
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:55:48

    Can’t wait to do this unit this upcoming school year!

  19. Mel H
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 15:00:24

    Love this!

  20. Cheryl Chinn
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 23:54:16

    Love studying about the planets and space exploration with my kids and NOW my grandchildren…Homeschooling is the best!

  21. nourishingmyscholar
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 08:05:18

    Oh, this is great! We just started space yesterday! This will come in handy for sure 🙂

  22. Lisa Matthew
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 08:12:18

    Wonderful list for the first time homeschool mom like myself. My son will definitely enjoy a unit like this.

  23. Fibia
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 09:22:56

    Thank you for the giveaway. We’re studying Astronomy so this would be great.

  24. Eunice B
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 11:35:46

    My kids love space!

  25. Kelli Becton
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 14:02:03

    Thanks for sharing! wonderful resource list

  26. Jill York@JillsHomeRemedies
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 15:54:06

    We love studying the Solar System!

  27. Jessica
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 05:48:04

    This would be a wonderful resource to have on hand this year as we study the solar system this coming year.

  28. The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 10:32:28

    What a great unit study! My boys will love this.

  29. Deborah F.
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 12:06:58

    My kids would love this, thank you for the giveaway!

  30. Christina
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 15:12:28

    Astronomy is something we haven’t studied a whole lot.

  31. Lisa Dorsett
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 16:59:07

    These are wonderful printables that I can use with the science study that I can do with the kids! Thank you very much!

  32. Jaclyn Reynolds
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 11:10:23

    Would love this for my children!! Thank you for the chance!

  33. Marilyn
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 18:53:26

    My twin sister would love this giveaway. She is interested in the solar system.
    Marilyn

  34. Autumn
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 07:50:19

    This looks great!

  35. Tanya
    Jul 05, 2015 @ 00:45:04

    We are studying the solar system this year. This is great!

  36. Jennifer Wilson
    Jul 06, 2015 @ 00:13:22

    Solar system was my favorite part of science when I was a child. It still is, too!

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