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A science reading lesson on understanding our solar system.
 

THE SOLAR SYSTEM:
MARS

A science lesson on planet Mars and the solar system. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn facts about the planet Mars.
  • Students will understand that most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion.  Those motions explain time concepts of days and years.
  • Students will be able to compare Mars to Earth and the other planets.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

   

  

 

 

 
 

PLANET MARS LESSON

Directions:

Print the Mars reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

Lesson Excerpt

     Mars' surface looks like a red desert.  It is called “The Red Planet” because a large amount of iron in the soil gives it a reddish color.  Strong winds blow and cause big dust storms. The red dust gets blown into the atmosphere, which causes the sky on Mars to look orange or pink. There are mountains, canyons, and craters on its surface.  It is very cold on Mars.  Mars has very little atmosphere, although there is enough atmosphere to cause clouds and winds.  Mars' atmosphere is only about 1% of Earth's.  It is mostly carbon dioxide.

     Mars is the fourth planet from the sun.  It is 141 million miles away from the sun.  The ancient Romans named it for their god of war. Mars is a rocky planet that is much smaller and colder than Earth.  Mars is about half the size of Earth.  Its diameter is about 4,200 miles or 6,800 km.  Only Mercury is smaller. Because Mars is smaller than Earth, its gravity is also less. Mars' gravity is about 38% of Earth's gravity. If you weighed 100 pounds on Earth, you'd weigh about 38 pounds on Mars. 

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LESSON PRINTABLES

Mars Lesson and Worksheet

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 Includes reading passage, questions, and answer sheet.

 

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