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A science reading lesson on understanding our solar system.
 

THE SOLAR SYSTEM:
VENUS

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

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn facts about the planet Venus.
  • 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 Venus to Earth.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

   

  

 

 

 
 

PLANET VENUS LESSON

Directions:

Print the Planet Venus 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

          When you look up into the night sky, the brightest “star” you see is probably the planet Venus.  Maybe that's why the Romans named it for their goddess of love and beauty.  But Venus is not a star.  It does not make its own light.  It reflects light from the sun.  Venus is the second planet from the sun.  It is 67 million miles away from the sun. 

     Because Venus is about the same size as Earth, it is sometimes called Earth's twin sister.  Gravity on Venus is about nine-tenths of Earth's gravity.  If you weigh 100 pounds on Earth, you would weigh 91 pounds on Venus. The diameter of Venus is 7,520 miles or 12,100 km.  Venus' surface is similar to Earth's, except there is no water.  It has mountains, valleys, plains, and volcanoes.  Scientists think the volcanoes may still be erupting.

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Planet Venus Lesson and Worksheet

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 Includes reading passage, questions, and answer sheet.

 

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