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A science reading lesson on understanding our solar system.
 

THE SOLAR SYSTEM

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

 

Objectives:

  • Students will understand the makeup of the solar system and how it was formed.
  • Students will learn that the sun, planets, and moons are parts of the solar system.
  • Students will learn that the sun is the main source of energy for everything on the earth.
  • Students will learn that gravity is the force that keeps planets in orbit around the sun.
  • 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.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

   

  

 

 

 
 

SOLAR SYSTEM LESSON

Directions:

Print the Solar System 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

     Our solar system is the system of planets and other objects that orbit our sun.  It has many parts.  Our sun, the star of our solar system, holds everything in place by its gravity.  There are eight planets and many moons.  There are asteroids and comets.  There are meteoroids and tiny particles of rock and dust.  The sun, which is actually a star, is the largest object in the solar system.  It contains more than 99% of the mass of the solar system.

     What is a star?  A star is a huge body in space made of gases that is held together by its own gravity.  It makes heat and light by the chemical process of nuclear fusion.  This process combines hydrogen atoms by joining them or fusing them together.  When this happens, a huge amount of energy is released. Our sun is an average-sized star that is about half way through its life cycle.  It should continue making heat and light for another 5 billion years!

     Our sun provides all the energy for life on Earth.  Without its heat, Earth would be too cold to live on.  Without its light, plants could not grow, and there would be no food for people and animals.

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