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A science reading lesson on understanding our solar system.
 

THE SOLAR SYSTEM:
URANUS

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

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn facts about the planet Uranus.
  • 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 Uranus to Earth and other planets.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

   

  

 

 

 
 

PLANET URANUS LESSON

Directions:

Print the Uranus 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

     Uranus (pronounced YOOR un nus) is the seventh planet from the sun.  Uranus got its name from the Roman god of the sky who was the father of Saturn.  It is 1 billion, 783 million miles from the sun.  Uranus is more than 19 times farther from the sun than the Earth is. It is so far away from the sun that light takes two hours and forty minutes to get there!  It takes the planet 84 years to revolve once around the sun.  Because of its distance from the sun, it is very, very cold.  Its average temperature is about 350(F) degrees below zero!

     Uranus was discovered in 1781 by Sir William Herschel.  Looking at Uranus through a telescope, it looks bluish-green.  This is because of methane gas in the atmosphere.  The atmosphere is mostly hydrogen gas (83%), with some helium and about 2% methane.  Uranus is a gas giant with a rocky center.  It does not have a solid surface.  It is the third largest planet, after Jupiter and Saturn.  It is about four times the diameter of Earth.  Gravity on Uranus is about 91% of Earth's gravity.  If you weighed 100 pounds on Earth, you would weigh 91 pounds on Uranus.  Its diameter is 31,800 miles or about 51,000 km. 

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Uranus Lesson and Worksheet

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