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A science reading lesson on understanding our solar system.
 

THE SOLAR SYSTEM:
MERCURY

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

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn facts about the planet Mercury.
  • 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 facts about Mercury to Earth's facts

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

   

  

 

 

 
 

PLANET MERCURY LESSON

Directions:

Print the Planet Mercury 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

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun.  It is about 36 million miles from the sun.  Mercury is one of the five planets we can see with our eyes.  It is very hard to see because it orbits so near the sun.  It orbits quickly, making the trip in only 88 Earth-days.  A year is the time it takes a planet to orbit the sun.  Therefore, a year on Mercury is 88 days long!  The Romans noticed what a speedy traveler this little planet was.  They named it for their messenger god with winged sandals.

     The days on Mercury are very long!  A “day” is the time it takes for a planet to make one rotation on its axis.  Mercury rotates very slowly.  One day on Mercury is about 59 Earth-days! 

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Planet Mercury Lesson and Worksheet

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 Includes reading passage, questions, and answer sheet.

 

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