ALEX Lesson Plan

The Solar System

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Author:Patty Smith
System: Cullman County
School: Cullman County Board Of Education
The event this resource created for:GEMS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 24168


The Solar System


The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the planets and sun in the solar system. Students will work together to research assigned planets and create an advertisement poster to promote their planet as a great vacation get away. Students will learn the order of the planets, the size of the planets, and some characteristics of each planet.This lesson incorporates technology, reading, writing, and art.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
27 ) Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations). [W.2.7]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.27- Participate in research projects.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
34 ) Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See Grade 2 Language standards 35 and 37 for specific expectations.) [SL.2.6]

Local/National Standards:

National Science Education Standard-CONTENT STANDARD D: As a result of their activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of properties of earth materials, objects in the sky, and changes in earth and sky. National Education Technology Standards-6. Technology Operations and Concepts Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students understand and use technology systems, and select and use applications effectively and productively. National Council of Teachers of English- 8. Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will identify the eight planets, state the correct order of the planets, illustrate their assigned planet and describe key characteristic of each planet.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

There's No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library Series)or other trade book on the Solar System.
Art supplies (for making posters)

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access (for each student)


Students should understand that the planet we live on is called Earth and there are seven other planets in the Solar System. Students need to have prior experience in vacationing or planning a vacation in a webquest.

1.)Begin the lesson by giving each student a copy of a KWL chart. Have the students write in what they already know about the solar system beneath the K. Afterwards, allow students to share what they already know and record their answers on a larger KWL chart.
This is a website that contains free resources for teachers.

2.)Next, ask the students to think about what they would like to know about the solar system. Have them record their answers beneath the W on the KWL chart.

3.)Read a story about the solar system to the class. (There's No Place Like Space is a great introduction story.) Ask the students to review the K and W sections of their charts to see if this story proved that maybe some of what they knew was not correct or what they wanted to know was answered through the story. Allow time for discussion of their findings.

4.)Allow students time to research and take notes about their assigned planets. They may use "Internet For classrooms" web site or use below hyperlink.
This is a website of links to other websites that can be used in the classroom.

5.)After students have had time to explore independently, group them (according to the number of students you have) in mixed ability groups. Assign each group a planet to focus on.

6.)Discuss vacations destinations that students have visited. Did they see any signs on the way to their destination that made them want to hurry up and get there? Did they see signs of places to visit that they had not planned on visiting? Did those signs make them want to visit those places? Explain that each group will be responsible for creating a poster (sign) that would make others want to visit their planet on their next vacation.

7.)Allow students time to research and take notes about their assigned planets. They may use "Internet For Classrooms" web site or Solar System.
This is a website of links to other websites that can be used in the classroom.


Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed on the accuracy of key information on their poster, creativeness and neatness of the poster and their ability to work others. A rubric can be used. A rubric can be printed off at Rubric.




Students will be placed in mixed ability groups so that weaker students may be assisted by stronger students.

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.