FREE Shipping on all our products! (Please expect 2.5 weeks for delivery due to  transit delays. We ship every day including Saturday

0

Your Cart is Empty

Let’s Head Out Of This World And Learn About The Solar System

September 12, 2018 3 min read

So, our astronomy leg is currently in production, but as you know we have already experienced it.

Let's just say - it was a blast!

And without spoiling the adventure, we wanted to bring one of our local experts from our astronomical adventure to share a bit with you all.

You know her.

You love her.

And you have probably already guessed it's Summer Beach!

And here she is . . .

Let's Head Out Of This World And Learn About The Solar System

Let’s head out of this world and learn about the solar system

Hi-ya!!!

I wish I could zip a set of painted planet sandwiches your way so that you could enjoy them as I share about the solar system today! For now, we'll just have to imagine them sitting on a plate before us.

Alright, take a bite and let's get rolling...

Our solar system is the collection of planets and other objects that orbit around the sun. It includes the eight major planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

Our solar system also includes comets, stars, and asteroids, like those found in the Asteroid and Kuiper belts. And it includes space debris, plus a few dwarf planets - Pluto, Ceres, Eris, and a few others.

The pull of gravity from the sun keeps all these objects orbiting around this brilliant ball of fire. The sun is nearly 1000 times larger than all the planets put together.

So that's a peek at our solar system!

Now that you understand a bit more, Ulysses and I have combed the Internet and found a few activities for you to enjoy as you learn about this astronomical topic.

The Wall-Sized Solar System

One of the best ways to get a feel for the size and scope of our solar system is to do a scaled wall-sized reproduction.

You can do this project as a border in your room or in the space you use as a school room. We keep ours in the library in our lab!

Here is a scaled version of the sizes of the planets and distances they are from the sun.

Mercury

  • Distance from the Sun: 2 inches
  • Scale diameter of the planet: 3/4 inch

Venus

  • Distance from the Sun: 3 inches
  • Scale diameter of the planet: 1-3/4 inches

Earth

  • Distance from the Sun: 4 inches
  • Scale diameter of the planet: 2 inches

Mars

  • Distance from the Sun: 6 inches
  • Scale diameter of the planet: 1-1/8 inches

Jupiter

  • Distance from the Sun: 1 foot 9 inches
  • Scale diameter of the planet: 22 inches

Saturn

  • Distance from the Sun: 3 feet 2 inches
  • Scale diameter of the planet: 20 inches

Uranus

  • Distance from the Sun: 6 feet 8 inches
  • Scale diameter of the planet: 8 inches

Neptune

  • Distance from the Sun: 10 feet 1 inch
  • Scale diameter of the planet:  7-1/2 inches

Let’s head out of this world and learn about the solar system

If you don’t have the wall space to do this project - grab a few sheets of paper!

You will need two 11”x 17” sheet of black construction paper or three 8 ½” x 11” sheets together to make an 11” x 34” or 8 ½”x 33” sheet of paper.

Then, place the Sun on the far left and measure the distances of the planet from the guide below. You can use a pencil and a string so that you can draw a semi-circle since some of the planets will be very close and you may need to stagger them.

  • Mercury:  1 cm
  • Venus: 1.5 cm
  • Earth: 2 cm
  • Mars: 3 cm
  • Jupiter: 10.6 cm
  • Saturn: 19 cm
  • Uranus: 38.6 cm
  • Neptune: 60.6 cm

More Solar System Fun!

And if that wasn't enough, here are a few more solar system activities we know you will enjoy!

And here are a few books you can check out as you await the release of volume 6:

  • The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole
  • There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz
  • 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids) by David A. Aguilar
  • Scholastic Reader Level 2: Solar System by Gregory Vogt
  • The Planets in Our Solar System (Let’s-Read-and-Find… Science, Stage 2) by Franklyn M. Branley and Kevin O’Malley


Also in Homeschool Science Activities

Peas, the ABC's, and the Punnett Square, plus a FREE printable to share a bit about genetics with your students

October 12, 2020 3 min read

What do peas, the ABC's, and genetics have in common? Find out as you learn about the Punnett Square, plus get a FREE printable to share a bit about genetics with your students.

What do peas, your height, and a bunch of letters have in common? The Punnett Square! Click "Read More" to learn how this foundation of genetics came about and what it can tell us.

Unlock a few secrets of the genetic code with a simple LEGO DNA tower

September 28, 2020 3 min read

You can use those feet-bruising, colorful bricks to learn about how sequencing the in the genetic code works by building this simple LEGO DNA tower from Elemental Science.

You can use those feet-bruising, colorful bricks to learn about how sequencing the in the genetic code works by building this simple LEGO DNA tower. Click "Read More" to get started.

How to create a black hole in less than 10 minutes with Sharpies, an oven, and a plastic cup

April 15, 2020 2 min read

Grab a cup and a few Sharpies to make an artistic version of a black hole in this STEAM activity.

How can you create a black hole in the comforts of your home in less than 10 minutes? Click "Read More" to get step-by-step science activity that will explain it all.

Join Us